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How to Talk About Your Family in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:13 AM

how to talk about your family in EnglishDo you look like anyone in your family?

Is your personality similar to your sibling's personality or your mother's or father's personality?

Do you use the same gestures or mannerisms as anyone in your family?

This is a common topic of conversation in English so you need some vocabulary and  English phrases to be able to carry on this conversation with a native speaker.

Today I'll give you the phrases that you need to have a conversation about this topic.



#1) "I look just like my older sister."


This is a common phrase that means that you have similar physical characteristics as your older sister. Maybe you have the same hair color, eye color, or skin tone.

Other ways to say this would be:

  • "I look a lot like my older sister."
  • "My older sister and I look so much alike."
  • "My older sister and I look like each other."




#2) "We have similar mannerisms."


A mannerism is a gesture.

It's the way that you move or the way that you express your point in a physical sense.

Everyone has their own unique mannerisms and sometimes they tend to be similar in family members.

Here are a few other ways to say this:

  • "Our mannerisms are similar."
  • "We use the same gestures."
  • "Our body language is really similar."




#3) "My cousin and I don't have anything in common."


When you have something in common with someone, it means that you share an interest or a hobby.

Here are a few other ways to say this:


  • "My cousin and I don't share any interests"
  • "My cousin and I have different interests."
  • "My cousin and I don't like to do the same things."



This module is coming soon to our Speakative Conversation Program. Practice these phrases with a native speaker -get a free consultation now.




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