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  1. Please tell him that we are all of him and hope he gets better soon.
  2. Both of my family are pretty short, so it's not a surprise that I'm short too.
  3. Growing up as an only made him a very selfish adult.
  4. You don't need to bring anything. We have a of different things to eat and drink.
  5. People would never guess his from his appearance.
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555 Families

Senem and Brett talk about their families.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview. Learn more here.

only child

I'm an only child, but I have a very large extended family.

If you have no brothers or sisters, you are an 'only child.'  Notice the following:

  1. She was very difficult, because she was an only child.
  2. He was an only child for the first nine years of his life.


What ethnicity?

'Ethnicity' is a person's racial, national or cultural background.  Most commonly ethnicity is associated with race. Notice the following:

  1. He hates questions about his ethnicity.
  2. Her ethnicity was a very important part of her life.  Most of her friends were of the same ethnic background.

thinking of them

To tell them that we care about them still, and that we are still thinking of them.

If you have someone in your thoughts, you are 'thinking of them.'  We especially use this phrase when someone is sick,has had something bad happen in her life or is going through a difficult period in life. Notice the following:

  1. We were thinking of you on your graduation day.  Sorry we couldn't be at the ceremony.
  2. I'm thinking of you and hope you feel better soon.

on both sides

I have a lot of extended family, on both sides.

To have extended family 'on both sides' means in both your mother's family and your father's family.  Notice the following:

  1. My grandparents, on both sides, always have a birthday party for me.
  2. All of her relatives from both sides were at her wedding.


We get together, a whole bunch of people, about 20 to 30 people.

A 'bunch of people' is the same as 'a lot of people,' or many. Notice the following:

  1. There were a bunch of cookies on a plate on the table.
  2. I bought a bunch of new clothes at the shopping mall today.


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