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3.13 Match the phrases in column a with those in column b. More than one answer is possible.

Model: I am the youngest in my family. It’s a disadvantage. Everyone tells me what to do.

Would you prefer to be the only child or one of two or three children?



1. I am the youngest in my family.

2. A disadvantage of being the only child is that …

3. An advantage of being the only child is that …

4. I get along well with my brothers and sisters.

5. The advantage of having brothers and sisters is that …

6. I always quarrel with my brothers and sisters because …

a) It’s an advantage.

b) It’s a disadvantage.

c) I am the centre of attention.

d) they tease (дразнят) me.

e) I always share personal secrets with them.

f) they are my best friends.

g) everyone tells me what to do.

h) I can do whatever I want.

i) we always take care of each other.

j) we spend a lot of time together.

k) I have nobody to play and share secrets with.

3.14 A) Match the verbs to the nouns.

to wash

to dust

to do

to iron

to vacuum

to clean

to mop (мыть, протирать шваброй)

the beds

the carpets

the clothes

the dishes

the windows

the floors

the furniture

b) Which of these household chores do you do? How often? Which do you like/not mind/hate doing?

Model: I sometimes wash the dishes in the evening.

3.15 Complete the sentences with the word combinations from the box.

to cook meals, the “hovering”, organized among the members of our family, iron, to keep the flat tidy, do, household chores, take care, my usual round of duties, keeping the house, shopping, wash up

My Household Chores

As I am very busy I can’t help my parents much in ___________. But still I have some ___________. I ___________ my room and my bed and ___________. It’s not difficult ___________ if you do your rooms regularly. Once a week I help my mother to do some other work about the house, ___________or ___________ the clothes, for example. This is ___________.

My brother has his own duties. He repairs electric appliances, does ___________ and goes ___________. All the duties are ___________. But we ___________ of each other and help each other.

3.16 Answer the questions.

1. How big is your family? What type of family is it? Are you married? 2.Do you have any brothers or sisters? Are you the oldest among your siblings? How old are they? 3. Do you have any children? If yes, what are their names and ages? 4. Do you like your family? Why or why not? 5. Do you live with any of your grandparents? 6. Do you often argue with your mother or father? What about? 7. Do you often visit your grandparents? 8. How do your parents look like? (tall, short, relatively normal height, slender, a little bit plump, lovely, good-looking, handsome, attractive, fair hair (blonde), brunette, brown-haired, wavy / curly / straight / long / short hair, medium length hair, to be bold = to have no hair, to wear glasses, fair / lightly tanned skin, swarthy, moustaches, beard, high forehead, long eyelashes, even white teeth, rosy cheeks) 9. What are the occupations of your family members? 10. What does your father do? What’s his job? 11. Do you call your parents by name? 12. Are you pressured by your family to act in a certain way? 13. Are your parents strict? 14. Do you get along well with your family? 15. Do you usually have any influence on family matters? 16. Do your parents let you stay out late? 17. How often is your entire family together? 18. What do you and your family like to do together? 19. Who do you get along better with, your mother or your father? 20. Which do you think is more important: following the dreams your parents want for you or following your own dreams? 21. What was the most important thing your parents taught you? 22. Do your parents get along well with each other? 23. How do you share household duties in your family? 24. Who keeps the house? 25. Do you help each other to do the work about the house? 26. Who does the cooking? 27. Are you a good cook? 28. What is your usual round of duties?

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