Conversation Lesson 12
Lesson 12 - Meet My Family

In this lesson Anna is feeling homesick. Marsha helps her by listening to her talk about her family.
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Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! Washington, D.C. has many beautiful parks. In fact, this park reminds me of my home very far away.
Marsha: Anna, here's your coffee.
Anna: Thanks, Marsha.
Marsha: What's wrong?
Anna: I'm thinking about my family. I'm feeling homesick.
Marsha: Do you want to talk about it?
Anna: Sure! I have some photos.
Marsha: Yes. Yes, you do!
Anna: Photos really help.
Anna: This is my mother and this is my father. They are rodeo clowns.
Marsha: What do rodeo clowns do?
Anna: They make jokes at a rodeo. They make people laugh.
Marsha: That-That';s very different.
Marsha: Who is that woman in the picture?
Anna: That is my Aunt Lavender. She is my mom's sister. She loves gardening and makes spoons.
Marsha: She makes spoons?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: That, too, is very different.
Anna: Oh! This is my Uncle John. He is my father's brother.
Marsha: What does Uncle John do?
Anna: He's a chicken farmer. And makes guitars. He's awesome, and I'm his favorite niece.
Marsha: Who are they?
Anna: They are my cousins. They are my Uncle John's daughter and son.
Marsha: What do they do?
Anna: They raise sheep and make sweaters.
Marsha: Yeah, that's not a surprise.
Marsha: Thanks for showing me your family photos. Your family is very different.
Anna: I do feel better. Thanks for listening. I have many more photos!
Marsha: Yeah. Yeah, you do.
Anna: Washington, DC is my new home. But I like remembering my old home, too.
Anna's Family Tree
This is a family tree. Anna tells Marsha about her parents.
Her mother and father are rodeo clowns.
Her father's parents are from Italy. These grandparents speak Italian.
Anna's mother's parents live in California. These grandparents have a farm and raise horses.
Anna's mother's sister is Aunt Lavender. She loves gardening.
Anna's father has a brother. His name is John. Uncle John makes guitars.
Uncle John has a daughter and a son. They are Anna's cousins. They raise sheep.
Anna's brother has two children. They are Anna's niece and nephew.

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to ask a friend to talk about a problem.

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New Words
  • clown - n. someone who often does funny things to make people laugh
  • different - adj. not ordinary or common; unusual
  • feel - v. used to describe or ask about someone's physical or mental state
  • gardenv. to work in a garden; to take care of the plants in a garden
  • guitar - n. a musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick
  • homesick - adj. sad because you are away from your family and home
  • joke - n. something said or done to cause laughter
  • laugh - v. to show that you are happy or that you think something is funny by smiling and making a sound from your throat
  • make - v. to build, create, or produce (something) by work or effort
  • park - n. piece of public land in or near a city that is kept free of houses and other buildings and can be used for pleasure and exercise
  • photo (photograph) - n. a picture made by a camera
  • raise - v. to keep and take care of (animals or crops)
  • remind - v. to cause (someone) to remember something
  • rodeo - n. an event in which people compete at riding horses and bulls, catching animals with ropes, etc.
  • sheep - n. an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin
  • spoon - n. an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle
  • sweater - n. a warm usually knitted piece of clothing for the upper part of your body
Family Relationships
  • aunt - n. the sister of your father or mother or the wife of your uncle
  • brother - n. a boy or man who has one or both of the same parents as you
  • cousin - n. a child of your uncle or aunt
  • daughter - n. a female child
  • family - n. a group of people who are related to each other
  • father - n. a male parent
  • mother - n. a female parent
  • nephew - n. the son of your brother or sister
  • niece - n. a daughter of your brother or sister
  • sister - n. a girl or woman who has one or both of the same parents as you
  • son - n. a male child
  • uncle - n. the brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt

Are you from a big family or a small family? Write about two people in your family. What do they do? What do they make? Write about them in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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