Vocabulary for talking about your family.
When you're networking or connecting with other colleagues, talking about your family is a safe topic and a great way to build relationships. People love when you remember details about their children or their family; and you can begin by telling people about your family. If you have children, don't be afraid to mention them. You can say something like:
If you don't have any children, you can simply mention your partner or your spouse:
You should be careful about asking people if they are married, or if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend. They could get the wrong idea and think you're interested in them romantically! It's best to wait for the other person to bring it up. If you are married, your partner's family can be referred to as your 'in-laws':
If you're not sure what to say, you can keep things general:
Or maybe there's something interesting about your family:
Family businesses can also be very interesting for people to hear. Talking about how long a business has been operating shows that it is resilient, and that the company has stood the test of time:
Catriona: I'm a new mum, so excuse me if I'm a bit tired.
Donna: Oh, really? My husband and I have two children, both under 5. I remember how tired I was when they were younger.
Catriona: That must be a lot of work.
Donna: I'm very lucky. Our in-laws live nearby and they help with the children a lot.
Catriona: My father and mother live nearby, so I guess I'm pretty lucky, too!
Inese: Did you travel to London on your own?
Hanne: No! My husband and our two children are with me. We moved from Frankfurt 5 months ago.
Inese: You must miss your family.
Hanne: Yes, I come from a small family. We are very close. But I'll visit them in September.
Inese: My family comes from Latvia. My father is an Engineer, too.
Hanne: Do you have any children?
Inese: No, it's just me and my fiance for the moment!
John: My partner and I love it here. There is so much to do.
Antoinette: My husband and I moved here a year ago. My husband loves nature. We go walking in the mountains every weekend.
John: My daughter loves the mountains too.
Antoinette: How many children do you have?
John: Well, there’s my daughter, who is a teenager; and we have a 12-year-old son.
Antoinette: That must be nice! I come from a big family back in the U.S. I miss having children around.
Match the correct question with their answers
I have a teenager and an 8-year-old.
How many children do you have?
My partner and I love it here, there is so much to do.
How old are your children?
I have a big family in the UK. I'm the oldest of five!
When did you get married?
I have two children, both girls!
Do you like living here?
My parents run the coffee shop in town. Maybe you've been there?
Does your family live far from here?
My family live quite far away, but my in-laws are just an hour's drive from here.
Do you come from a big family?
I just got married last year in Spain.
What do your parents do?
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