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Ready for CAE Ss p 71. Family Matters. Extra Speaking

Ready for CAE Ss p 71. Family Matters. Extra Speaking

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Ready for CAE p 71. FAMILY MATTERS. Extra Speaking
1. What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did / Doyou have a nickname? Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always givingthe firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?2. Describe the personalities of your family members. Are there any physicalcharacteristics that run in your family?3. When and where were you born? How did your family come to live there? Werethere other family members in the area? What is your earliest childhood memory?What was your favourite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)? Did you have familychores? What were they? Which was your least favourite? Did you receive anallowance (i.e. pocket money)? How much? Did you save your money or did you spendit? What events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family? What would you change about your childhood?4. Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did thecooking? What were your favourite foods? How were / are holidays celebrated in your family? Did / Does your family have special traditions?5. Who was the oldest relative you remember as a child? What do you remember aboutthem? Do / Did you live with any of your grandparents? What stories have come downto you about your parents, grandparents, or more distant ancestors? Of all the thingsyou learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?6. What accomplishments are you the most proud of? What is the one thing you mostwant people to remember about you? What will you teach your children? (values,beliefs, hobbies, skills, etc.)7. Have you ever felt pressured by your family to act in a certain way? Do you usuallyhave any influence on family matters?
 
 
Ready for CAE p 71. Speaking. Useful Language
1.
Do you like your name?
I love the name Jillian! It does not
sound like
an old lady!I
can't stress enough
how much I HATE my name. And it is ALWAYS
mispronounced,
which I don’t understand because it is not uncommon.My name is hard to pronounce and
sounds weird.
My name is Amber Nicole. I
used to
hate my name but I like it now. I couldn’t
reallypicture myself 
with another name. I
can’t stand it when
people call me Amberlyn. It
really bothers me
when people spell Nicole Nichole.2.
Describe the Personality of your family
He's very open and friendly - he
gets it from
his father.We're all very musical - it's
in the family
.She
comes across as
quite a shy person when you first meet her, but she's not likethat at all.He
makes a bad impression on
everyone.You'll find him
absolutely charming
.
My son is
self-reliant
(independent)
 
for his age.Unfortunately, my brother is a
social misfit
Everybody likes my sister. She's
a really good laugh
.3.
Childhood Memories
The earliest thing I can remember is sitting in my
crib
in a house we
moved out of 
when I was about nine months old.I was a
real handful
 
when I was a baby.The first thing I
recall
is
right after 
we moved to our second apartment in Houston. Iwas
somewhere between
18 months and 2 years old and had just gotten my first "bigkid bed"
which I kept falling out of.
I told mom that
recollection
 
whilst
a teenager and she insisted I
couldn't POSSIBLYremember that far back
and then I described
the layout of 
the apartment and
her eyebrows just flew into her hairline
.I
fell out of the top bunk of our bed
a few times.I remember walking in red cowboy boots. I remember that they were so high on mylegs, that I
felt I couldn't bend my knees
. I was
holding on to
two people
on eachside of me to keep my balance
.4.
Family Traditions
As a name gives an identity to a person, family traditions
differentiate a family
,making
each and every
family
unique and special
.Also,
dinner-time conversations
are
valued in my family
. Friday nights
are alsolooked forward to as time spent together playing
 
board games
, cards, or watchinga movie.Our family traditions are
passed on from generation to generation
and
help definethe true meaning of my family
.Holidays
mean a lot to
my family,
for they help build everlasting memories
and
enrich our cultural knowledge.
Just the word "Christmas," has always
evoked a fond nostalgia
...the
aroma of 
theturkey
with all the trimmings
.The tradition
goes
 
way back in
my father's family.If ever there is a relative or friend of the family
whom I don't see throughout the year 
,I can
rest assured
I'll see them come Christmas time.Family traditions are the
glue that binds one generation to another 
. They give kidsand parents
something to look forward to
, as well as
something to count on
duringthe
hectic
holiday season...and
throughout
the year.

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