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4.2 Family | Beginner English Vocabulary

family holding hands
A family is a group of related people.

In this topic, you will learn vocabulary for family members.

Families are all about relationships. One person can be a father, son, husband and a brother.

Most family words are defined by gender. To describe gender, we use these two terms:
Male: ♂️
Female: ♀️

Learn 15 words to talk about people in the family with this flashcard set.

Use these flashcards to learn the meaning of the terms for this unit. You can also practice the pronunciation by listening to the audio on each card.

Now, practice the vocabulary with the activities below.

Exercise 1 – Play this word search game to practice family vocabulary

Exercise 2 – Speaking practice

You must use the Chrome web browser in order for this activity to work. You must also give the website permission to use your microphone. This can be found if you click the ???? symbol to the left of the URL address bar.

Exercise 3 – Practice the names of the family members.


Let us review 15 vocabulary terms to describe various family members

TermDefinition
familya group of people related to each other
wife♀️ a married female
son♂️ a male child (in relation to his parents)
sister♀️ a female child in relation to other children from the same parents (Opposite: brother)
parenta father or mother (no gender)
mother♀️ a female with children
frienda person you like but not in your family
marriedhaving a wife or husband, not single
singlehaving no wife or husband, not married
father♂️ a male with children
husband♂️ a married male
daughter♀️ a female child (in relation to her parents)
brother♂️ a male child in relation to other children from the same parents (Opposite: sister)
female♀️ a gender
male♂️ a gender

Test your understanding about family vocabulary with the quiz below.