Daily Life - Talking About Relatives (C0350)

A:  What are you doing this weekend?
B:  My brother in law is having a small get together at his house and he invited me.
A:  Is it a family thing or just friends?
B:  A bit of both. Some cousins, aunts and uncles will be there, but also some friends from the neighborhood.
A:  Is your great uncle Rick going to be there? He is really funny.
B:  Yeah he is going to be there with his step-son and his ex-wife.
A:  You mean your sister?
B:  No, Rick is actually my great uncle, so he is my grandmother’s brother.
A:  You lost me.
B:  I’ll explain later, let’s go.

Key Vocabulary

brothera male sibling
unclea brother of one's father or mother.
cousinthe son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
auntthe sister of one's father or mother.
step sona son of one's husband or wife by a previous marriage.
ex-wifea woman who was formerly a particular man's wife

Supplementary Vocabulary

Niecea daughter of a person's brother or sister.
family reuniona gathering of relatives, friends, or associates at regular intervals or after separation
biologicalBeing of the same genes and blood as another family member
adoptedto take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child.

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