English Lesson: Small Talk – Family & Job

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When you meet someone, what topics do you talk about? Let’s look at some of these topics.

Family

Here are questions you can use to talk about family:

  • Tell me about your family. (I know, it is not a question)
  • Do you have any brothers and sisters?
  • Do you have a big family?

Be careful! This question  → How many families do you have? ← is correct English, but we don’t use that question. We only have one family. Maybe you want to know how many brothers or sisters someone has. In that case you can ask,

  • How many brothers and sisters do you have?

These are the usual questions people ask in English to talk about families. So then, how do you reply? Let’s look at some replies and vocabulary.

  • I’m an only child. This means I have no brothers or sisters.
  • I have an older sister/brother.
  • I have a younger sister/brother.
  • I have two sisters/brothers.
  • I’m the youngest/oldest child
  • I have a big/small family.

Job

Here are questions you can use to talk about jobs.

  • What do you do?
  • Where do you work?

Be careful! This question  → What is your job? ← is correct English, but we don’t use that question. Let’s look at some replies and vocabulary.

  • I am a teacher [I am + Job Title]
  • I work in a bank [I work in + type of company]
  • I work for Sony [I work for + company name]

Be careful! These sentences  → I work in an office and I am an office worker ← are correct English, but EVERYBODY works in an office of some kind. So, these answers are not used by English speakers. When we talk about jobs, we want to know exactly what you do, not a general answer.  OK, one last point. These words  → salaryman & office lady ← are not English words, so you need to learn how to say your job title in English!

Next time, we will look at some other conversation topics. Have a great day!

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