Improve Your English Speaking Skills by Learning How to Talk About Your Family


(whoosh) – Hey everyone, I’m
Teela with Deep English. I’m excited for another
lesson together today. Today we’ll be learning about how to talk about your family in English. I think that this is such
an important thing to learn because so many people enjoy
talking about their families. So this is an easy way to bond with other people who speak English. But before we get started,
I want to remind you that if you’d like to get
all of our latest videos right when they come out, feel free to subscribe below. Okay. So think about the word family. It’s really similar to the
word familiar in English. And so, when we think about that, it starts to make more
sense to us that people who seem more familiar, who seem more, easy to relate to, feel more like family. And it’s not only people,
it’s animals as well. So human beings often consider their pets, like their cat or their
dog a family member. But we don’t often consider an insect, for example, a family member. Why? Well because cats and dogs are mammals, and insects are not. And human beings are also mammals. So this makes cats and
dogs more familiar to us, more like family. So it’s really interesting, when we think about people
preferring to be around other people who maybe look like them, or remind them of someone that they know, these people are more familiar and they feel more like family. So today we’re going to
learn about how to talk about your family in English. We’ll go over three different
important topics today. Our first one is how to
use different expressions to talk about your family in English. So this one is important. When I was learning Spanish, it was very important that
I knew different expressions and ways of talking about
my family in Spanish, so that I could bond with other people while we talked about our families. So in English, one
expression that’s often used is the fam. So the fam refers to the family. So you might hear someone
say something like, “Oh tonight me and the fam
are going out for pizza.” So the fam simply means me and the family. Someone might say, “Oh I’m
going on vacation next week.” And you might ask them, “Oh, are you gonna bring the fam along?” So the fam refers to the family. So this is a pretty common one. So you can use the word,
the expression, the fam when you’re referring to your family in a way that is casual. All right, so another
expression that we sometimes use is flesh and blood. So, my own flesh and blood. So when we think about
this, of course flesh is, is skin and muscle and fatty tissue, and blood is the red stuff
that runs through the body. So we’re not actually talking
about flesh and blood. Flesh and blood actually refers to a family member that shares your DNA. And so when you think about
family, most of the time, a family member is someone who shares genetic material with you, so
you are biologically similar. So you actually share similarities
in your flesh and blood. So most of the time, not all the time. And so we might use this expression, “Yeah he’s my own flesh and blood. “I can’t turn him away.” So, my own flesh and
blood, meaning he’s family. So we might hear someone say, “Oh, “my son “came over and “he was being so rude, “but he hadn’t eaten a meal all day long, “and so I couldn’t tell him “no. “I served him dinner because
he’s my own flesh and blood.” So my own flesh and blood,
referring to a family member, someone who shares your DNA. Okay, let’s do one more expression. One more expression is
blood is thicker than water. Blood is thicker than water. So if you think about this, blood actually is thicker than water, but when you hear this expression, it’s actually referring to family members being closer than friends. And so, we might use this expression in a sentence like, “It’s no surprise that in the argument, “she took her mother’s side “over the side of the family friend, “because blood is thicker than water.” So blood is thicker than water. Okay, so now we’ve
learned a few expressions. We’ve learned the fam, we’ve
learned the flesh and blood, and we’ve learned blood
is thicker than water. These are all really great
ways to talk about your family. So now let’s move on to point number two. So, our second point is
that there is a difference between your immediate family
and your extended family. It’s important that you
know this difference because sometimes you
might get a question like, “Oh, how many people are
in your immediate family?” So you want to know what your immediate family is referring to. So your immediate family are your parents, your siblings, your grandparents, and your children if you have children. So everyone else is your extended family. So that’s easy, right? So when we think about
our extended family, we have cousins and aunts and uncles. Those are our extended family. Okay, so if I was going to
talk about my immediate family, there are also a few
phrases that I might use that I think would be very
helpful for you to know as well. So I might use the phrase, “Oh, he’s my better half.” If I say something like that, that probably means that
I’m referring to my husband, or it could be your boyfriend, but this is usually referring to a spouse. So someone who is your better half. We could also say something like, “Oh the apple doesn’t
fall far from the tree.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. If you hear someone say this, this expression refers to
family members who are similar. So we might use it in a sentence like, “Susie did really great on her math test. “It looks like the apple
doesn’t fall far from the tree “in this family.” Because maybe Susie’s
dad is a math professor. So we use this expression to show when family members are similar. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Okay, so, let’s think about this. Can you let us know in the comments below how many people are in
your immediate family? And then think about your extended family. My extended family is huge
because my dad has 11 siblings. Do you have a big extended family or a rather small extended family? Feel free to let us know
below in the comments. Okay, let’s talk about the
third part of our lesson today. And that is how to talk about
your place in your family. So, think about where you are in your family. Are you the oldest sibling,
are you the youngest sibling? Are you the only sibling? So if you are the oldest sibling, you would be referred to as the eldest. You may even be referred
to as the eldest child. Even if you’re a grown
man or a grown woman. If you are the youngest sibling, you may be referred to as
the baby of the family. Again, even if you’re a
grown man or a grown woman, you may be referred to as the baby. If you are in the middle, then you would be the middle child. And so, in English, we have this idea that the middle child
sometimes gets forgotten about, and we call this middle
child syndrome. (chuckles) So, let us know in the comments below where are you in your family? Are you the eldest, are you the baby? Are you the middle child? Or are you the only sibling? Are you the only child? If you are the only child, you
would simply be referred to as an only child. You could use that in a sentence like, “Oh, I got all of my parents’ attention “because I was an only child.” Okay. So that does it for today’s lesson. I had such a great time
talking to you about how to talk about our families in English. I think it’s so important to know how to talk about your family in English because it’s an easy way to bond with other English speakers. So thank you guys so much for tuning in, and don’t forget, if you are
interested in free lessons, click below. Put your email address in, and you’ll receive some
free lessons from us. Thank you guys so much. I look forward to our
next lesson together.

100 Comments

  1. Vinayakgouda Patil

    April 6, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Eldest 😊

  2. Silvana Macedo

    April 8, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for your contribution. I love your channel….

  3. Arnold Soh

    April 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Hi! Just To write something in English, I am the eldest! Thanks!

  4. MAURÍCIO SP1992

    April 12, 2019 at 12:37 am

    You are the best. Thank you

  5. Anil Sahani

    April 14, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Hiii, can you translate your language in Nepali

  6. marcelepo

    April 16, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Great production and contents!

  7. H.D. Cho

    April 17, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Thank you very much Teela. I quit my job last January and I am traveling Vancouver Canada now 1st half 2019.I watch your videos every days, and it is really, relly, relly helpful to me for english study.I have a request. Would like to add some number or sign in your videos in order to find the video easily.

  8. Jose Patrocinio Niemann

    April 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Teela! As a Brazilian and trying to improve my English as my second language, I am very impressed with the way you teach. Your presence and expression giving lessons is awesome: a perfect accent, harmonious gestures and fluency. It is pleasant to watch your lesson and learn. From now on, I hope to study all the work you have been doing. Best Regards.

  9. Keerthi Keerthi

    April 18, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I Love u madam ,u r all classes ,and I love u

  10. Munawar Shah

    April 18, 2019 at 7:32 am

    very informative

  11. KALVIN B

    April 19, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Dear Teela! Why you are so beautiful! Love you so much! Have you ever traveled in Viet Nam.

  12. Haidar habib

    April 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Great, Great, for several reasons. The pronunciation is very clear 2. Translation at the bottom of the video 3. Delivery of the article easily … Please stay on the translation below the video

  13. Carlos Field

    April 20, 2019 at 1:00 am

    My e-mail is [email protected] I'm the eldest sibling in my family, so I had the responsability in my family as if I were a father ,sometimes taking care of my siblings specially when my mother went out to work.

  14. Carlos Field

    April 20, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I correct my e-mail : [email protected]

  15. Kunden Tsering

    April 21, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Extended families

  16. Kunden Tsering

    April 21, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I'm as only child,,,,

  17. Anil Sahani

    April 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Do you love me

  18. Shree Prasad Agrahari

    April 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much for very nice and vivid presentation ! Would you please guide me how to denote or call the members of the extended family. For example, uncle's daughter-in-law or son-in -law:; wife's/husband's brother or sister and so on. Once more thank you so much!

  19. Ernesto Torres

    April 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    hi teela me gusta cuando explicas el significa de las palbras para mi es fantastici my ingles poor vivo en chile

  20. Lazaro Francisco dos santos

    April 24, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Adorei Brasil

  21. sagar hosamani

    April 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I like your way of teaching

  22. Letizia Biondi

    April 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Hey, I'm the middle child!

  23. Aradhna Gupta

    April 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    U r a teacher and doing same grammatical mistake again and again

  24. Manjunath Ujjinakpoppa

    April 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Very cool familly😉 enjoing in i'll speaking 💖in i like it 😍english👍

  25. David Rocha Justino

    April 29, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Ola teela you are biuriful

  26. Chaitra Nb

    April 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I'm the baby of the family ☺️😚

  27. VPFI English School

    April 29, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Teela, I'm the youngest of two boys!

    Thank you for the lesson! I had already listened to those expressions in my songs though I couldn't understand them, now I can! Thank you again! ✌️😍🇧🇷

  28. Hassan Huseinyar

    April 29, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I am the baby.

  29. Kohinur Sheoran

    April 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Dear can you provide any whtsap grouo number so that i can practice

  30. gagandeep kaur

    May 2, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I am middle child…..😊😊 I am learning lot of things from this video…thank you so much..😊

  31. some one

    May 2, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    टीला

  32. หน้ากาก ครูนางฟ้า

    May 6, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Im happy to join this lesson. It's important to practice to know how to express about family to others.

  33. Paualmemon Bhat

    May 6, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Looking forward to get some lessons….

    Thanks madam you are doing great job

  34. Lamis Sh

    May 7, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I'm the baby of my family..

  35. Jai Chand

    May 7, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I like your voice, way of teaching and gesture. Thanks guy

  36. fabiana varela

    May 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I am the eidest in my family and I wnt to say you that this lesson was awesome. Thank you

  37. brahim UOVO

    May 20, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Well, in My emmdiate family there is 7 person.

  38. KhunA18

    May 20, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hello Teela. I’m the eldest LOL.

  39. Mahipal Singh

    May 25, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Thanks

  40. Daring Life

    May 28, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I'm the youngest one in my family so basically I'm a baby 😂

  41. Diatta Mouhamed

    June 5, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I'm a middle child

  42. Anely Méndez

    June 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Hi Teela! I found you trying to improve my listening skills and I'm so happy because I understood every word. You're a good teacher. Thank you to share us all your tips. Abrazos! 😉

  43. Ramesh Chaudhary

    June 6, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I wanna to be studdy with you

  44. Himouk Note

    June 8, 2019 at 12:21 am

    your english is good i listen and i understand thank you

  45. kououma abdoul kader

    June 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    thanks for all, you're a gerat english teacher

  46. Zhanerke Muhamedzhanovna

    June 9, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I'm the middle child.
    My immediate family is 6 person.
    I like these lessons, thank you so much!🤗

  47. Sergio Chagas

    June 17, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    i like your videos, i'm from Brazil. many thanks teacher.

  48. Hamid reza Sani

    June 29, 2019 at 9:08 am

    As always, it was great, Master🌲🌷🌲

  49. Pooja Tewari

    June 30, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Wow Teela…
    Your lessons are just so amazing. Seriously i am in love with your lessons. And also the way you pronounce the words 😘.
    LOVE FROM INDIA 🇮🇳

  50. osama baloch

    July 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! Tella good to see you on YouTube channel
    Our immediate family person are 6 and also have a very huge extended family might be I am the eldest one
    And I am also the student of ILTS course….. thanks for helping us
    MAY GOD GIVES YOU MORE SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE….AMEEN
    You are very good teacher
    GOD BLESS YOU

  51. kuan zhang

    July 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    hey.this is my email: [email protected] Thanks for your helping

  52. Дмитрий Дренин

    July 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Great! Thank you!

  53. Sufyan Tb

    July 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks theater for this interesting and helpful lesson. I am the middle child

  54. Bir garip Meczup

    July 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Türklerden kimseyi göremedim yorumlarda…şaşırtıcı
    Çok güzel ni kanal bence tektük kelime haznem ile cümleyi çözmeye çalışıyorum tabii translate de başvuruyorum ara ara

  55. Shobhit Srivastav

    July 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    My extended family is small because my dad have only 1 sibling

  56. edson motta cavalcanti

    July 4, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for your help dear teacher…

  57. Ashish Baroy

    July 5, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Hi Teela!
    Your teaching method is so good.
    My immediat family member is 4.
    I'm middle child.
    Thanks for your lesson.

  58. Eliana Eliana

    July 5, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Hi teela. Sometimes am confused.. ! That. Are you following American accent or British?

  59. Eliana Eliana

    July 5, 2019 at 5:49 am

    My immediate family member is 6 and am last one♪

  60. Ever-Family MARTIN EVER VINCENT

    July 5, 2019 at 9:52 am

    your are a good teacher

  61. Ali - Workout motivation

    July 5, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Teela,

    I am middle child in own faimly.
    I m new learner in English.
    I m doing first time comment.
    Your talking way is great. I watched your some video last 2-3 days.

  62. Saurabh Saini

    July 6, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I have very small immediate family and I m an only child of my parents

  63. Ravindra Singh

    July 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Hi teela , love you .your voice is very impresive where do you leave …,.

  64. Tamal Kanti chanda Tamal

    July 7, 2019 at 4:16 am

    hi teela I appreciate on your every videos and I watch your videos regularly and I like your facely expression when you are understand it.so plz make more videos for us .

  65. Kamal Sidhu

    July 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Thnx for interesting video..my immediate family is 6..me and my sister..nd my grandparents

  66. CHANCHAL SODHA

    July 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Hey m chanchal and we have extended family because my father has 2 brother and we all are 13 cousins so huge 😊 nd in my immediate family my mom and dad 1 elder sister and 1 younger sister and only one brother who is younger then all of us and am the middle girl chid 😊

  67. vinit pal

    July 10, 2019 at 11:51 am

    #very nice

  68. fadhel s

    July 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Real I am eating pizza right now when you spoke

  69. chen yang

    July 18, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I have a relatively small family. My family includes father, mother, one elder sister and one young brother, totally 5 members

  70. Urbain Beugre

    July 18, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Hello everyone, i need to improve my english… For speaking and listening… So, everybody interested, do not hesistate to contact me for do together… Thanks

  71. Ganesh Jamdar

    July 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Hii, Ganesh from india(maharashtra),im a eldest child

  72. PERVAIZ RAJA

    July 28, 2019 at 6:49 am

    ma'am you are a good teacher in the english

  73. nithyananda agencies

    July 31, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Hai maam you really used very simple language while talking.thank you

  74. potrita alfaro

    July 31, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Muchas gracias maestrita !! Que tenga un gran día !!

  75. Abraham Roblero Roblero

    August 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I'm the eldest

  76. SETH JI

    August 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Your teaching procedure is great and helpful to me.

  77. Dunia Tyq

    August 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    God bless you 🙏💕

  78. ELSA FISSEHA

    August 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    i am the middle child! i love you so much. leave me a like please

  79. Edwin Calero

    August 9, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I am the eldest sibling in my family.
    😎😅 greetings , Excellent Class!!!!

  80. Ngoc Uyen Nguyen

    August 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Only three , but I like your speaking English, I hear you clear

  81. Binu Varghese

    August 19, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Good Morning

  82. Amuletutt Thaination

    August 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

    พูดได่ชัด แแม้ว่าจะไม่เข้าใจความหมาย แต่ชอบฟัง ฝึกทักษะการฟัง like you

  83. Thanh Sang Tô

    August 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    you voice is so sweet. I prefer most listening you voice.

  84. uv m

    August 27, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Hi,ma'am. I am from Telangana , India. I have been watching ur videos for 2 days. I liked ur speaking while watching subtitles. I know grammar but I am unable to speak. Could u suggest me, wt should I do to speaking fluently? . I want to speak daily conversations only.

  85. mohammad abdallah

    August 27, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Thank you, this lesson is great, it adds to much for me

  86. MiriamCampos

    August 27, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I'm happy! for meet you, learning more and more thanks 😉💯🙌🇧🇷

  87. tripti k

    August 28, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I am eldest in my fam
    and we are only immidiate family

  88. Thu Diệu

    August 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    thank you, I watch your video everyday. It help me improve my english skills

  89. Saipavankumar Sai

    August 31, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I am the eldest..

  90. Hashim Maryod

    August 31, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you for these channel, it make me love english language

  91. Yaseen Noman

    September 1, 2019 at 8:31 am

    the first thing i like your videos somuch

  92. Yaseen Noman

    September 1, 2019 at 8:32 am

    I am the baby of the family

  93. Vijay Khathana

    September 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Ok ji

  94. Vijay Khathana

    September 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    But coll me

  95. Carla Caroline Costa-Silva

    September 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I have three brother – I'm the middle child -, my father and my mother, one child and my better half on my immediataly family

  96. Lê Mai Phạm

    September 6, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Hi, teela. Thank for your lesson. It's very interesting and I love it very much.
    You know, there are 9 people in my immediate family: my grandparents, my parents, my siblings, 2 my children anh me. I'm a middle child.
    About your lesson today, I have a question for you, is it ok?The question is: My husband isn't counted in my immediate fam, is he?Please give me the answer to my email: [email protected],tks you very much.
    I look forward to your next lesson.

  97. مرعب العامه

    September 11, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for this Video
    I'm coming from immediate family member there are 9 people and also i am the smaller boy in my family

  98. Сестрёнки ЗАТВ

    September 21, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hello, Teela! Your lessons are helpful, you explain very clearly and use many new words for me at the same time, thank you! My immediate family consist of 5 people, my extended family is huge, but I don't now all of them. I am only child

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