Family Members and their names.

Family Members – Lesson A0.07

f’æmɪlɪ m’embəz p’eirəntz

In spoken English, your mother and father (your parents), your brothers and sisters,
your husband or wife and your children are your immediate family.

m’əðə f’ɑ:ðə sʌn d’ɔ:tə
s’ɪstə br’əðə ɪm’i:dɪət r’elətɪvs

The other members of your family; your uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. are your relatives.

Question: Who are your parents?
Answer: My parents are my mother and my father.
Q: Who are the members of your immediate family?
A: The members of my immediate family are my parents; my brothers and sisters; my husband or wife, and my children.
Q: What do we call the other family members?
A: We call the other family members our relatives.
Q: Do all the members of your immediate family live with you?
A: Yes, all the members of my immediate family live with me. /
No, not all the members of my immediate family live with me.
Q: Do you still live with your parents?
A: Yes, I still live with my parents. / No, I don’t live with my parents.
Q: How many children do your parents have?
A: My parents have one child. / My parents have two children.
Q: What’s the difference between parents and relatives?
A: The difference between parents and relatives is that parents are mother and father; relatives are all the other members of the family.


  • A brother and sister both have the same parents. The collective word to describe brothers and sisters is siblings, however this word is not often used in spoken English. We usually say brothers and sisters (not only brothers).
  • When you have children, you are a parent. If you are a male parent, you are a father. If you are a female parent, you are a mother. If your child is a boy, he is your son. If your child is a girl, she is your daughter.


Q: What are siblings?
A: Siblings are your brothers and sisters.
Q: Do you have any brothers?
A: Yes, I have a brother. / No, I don’t have any brothers.
A: Do you have any sisters?
A: No, I don’t have any sisters. / Yes, I have two sisters.
Q: What is the plural of the word child?
A: The plural of the word child is children.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: Yes, I have some children. / No, I don’t have any children.


grænf’ɑ:ðə grɑnm’əðə grænp’eirəntz
gr’ænsʌn grænd’ɔ:tə grænʧ’ɪldrən


‘ʌnkəl ɑ:nt k’əzən ni:s n’efiu


  • Your grandparents are the parents of your mother and father.
  • Your uncle is the brother of your mother or your father.
  • Your aunt is the sister of your mother or your father.
  • Your cousins are the children of your aunt and your uncle.
  • Your niece is the female child of your brother or your sister.
  • Your nephew is the male child of your brother or sister.


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Related Content

Macmillan Dictionary – Family Members
Slide-share – Family Members
BBC Learning English – Family Members Quiz

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