504 Family Characters


Ruth discusses the personalities in her family.

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Akane: Hey, Ruth.

Ruth: Hi, Akane

Akane: So we've been talking about your family a little bit. Um, I'd like to know a little bit more about the specific people in your family.

Ruth: Sure

Akane: So who is the funniest person in your family?

Ruth: The funniest person! Probably my mom actually. She's really funny. She's got a really good sense of humor, and she plays tricks on people, and she's really silly but everybody in my family has a good sense of humor.

Akane: Oh, good. Now who is the most serious person in your family?

Ruth: Serious. Do you know, actually, I don't think anybody in my family is serious.

Akane: Oh, really.

Ruth: I don't think we have any very serious members.

Akane: Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?

Ruth: I think it's a good thing although occasionally, I think it's a bad thing.

Akane: Right! Now who is the hardest worker?

Ruth: Oh, can I say me?

Akane: Sure

Ruth: No, I don't think that's true actually. Well, both of my parents work very hard, and they both have very different jobs, but they both work very hard and always have done.

Akane: Well, parents do tend to be hardworking.

Ruth: That's true, yeah!

Akane: And who is the most generous person in your whole family?

Ruth: My brother is really generous and he makes me feel bad because he's so generous in buying me things and giving me things, and I would say my brother.

Akane: Really, what's the last thing he bought you.

Ruth: Ah, that's a good question. He bought me some clothes actually before I came to Japan.

Akane: And who do you talk with the most in your family?

Ruth: All of them really, but I suppose deep down I maybe talk to my mom the most. I tell her most things.

Akane: Really! What kind of things do you tell her?

Ruth: Just everything that's going off in my life, really ,because she's a really good friend to me so, I'm just very open with her, and she's open with me.

Akane: That's excellent. Who do you resemble the most in your family?

Ruth: Some people say I look like me mom and some people say I look like my dad but most people say I look like my brother, so maybe my brother.

Akane: Your brother.

Ruth: Yeah.

Akane: Do you have a picture of him?

Ruth: I do have one, yes. I'll show you later.

Akane: I'll look forward to that.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

sense of humor

She's got a really good sense of humor, and she plays tricks on people.

If your friend has a good appreciation of humor or feeling of what is funny, you can say she has a 'good sense of humor.' Notice the following:

  1. She loves laughing and has an excellent sense of humor.
  2. He has a strange sense of humor, and it is frustrating.

generous

Who is the most generous person in your whole family?

A 'generous' person is a nice person who gives to other people without expecting anything in return.  She enjoys helping other people.  Notice the following:

  1. The old man generously donated a million dollars to charity.
  2. My parents were very generous when they gave me a new computer for my birthday.

deep down

I suppose deep down I maybe talk to my mom the most.

Something you know 'deep down,' is a feeling or emotion that you know is deep inside yourself, but don't always act out. Notice the following:

  1. The boy knew deep down that taking candy from the store was a bad idea.
  2. He had a feeling deep down that something terrible was going to happen.

going off

Just everything that's going off in my life.

Events that are 'going off' are happening or occurring now.  Notice the following:

  1. They just had a baby, so they have a lot going off right now.
  2. I always like to know what is going off in the lives of celebrities.

resemble

Who do you resemble the most in your family?

If two things look alike or have similar appearance, they 'resemble' each other. There is a resemblance (noun) between them. Notice the following:

  1. The cloud resembled a dog.
  2. When she was younger she resembled her father, but now she looks just like her mother.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
sense of • generous • deep
going • resembles
  1. The tree in front of that house a dinosaur.
  2. She is always so about giving me things she thinks I need.
  3. This group of friends has a very different humor than my other friends.
  4. At this time of year there are always a million things off.
  5. I think she knows down that what she is doing is wrong.