Views #1337 | High-Intermediate 6

Big Family

Sorie talks about living in a big family and her role and the only female sibling.

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Mark: So you’re from a big family, aren’t you, Sorie.

Sorie: Yes. I have five brothers. They’re all younger than I and I’m the only girl in the house.

Mark: The only girl, all younger than you?

Sorie: Yes. I am 27 and the youngest is six years old. He’s just gone to first grade right now.

Mark: That’s an incredible age span, isn’t it?

Sorie: Yes, that’s right.

Mark: Sort of busy mother.

Sorie: Yeah. She had me when she was 17 years old. So she’s still very young. And even though I didn’t have any sisters, she was so close in age that I felt like she was like my sister.

Mark: Right. So being the only girl didn’t really—you didn’t feel anything odd about that?

Sorie: I always tried my mom’s dresses and her shoes. And I wanted to be like her. But most of the time, I was spending with my brothers. And I remember, it was very hectic, it was like a zoo. I remember one time when my brother was chasing me with a big knife.

Mark: Wow.

Sorie: And closed the door and the knife was stuck in the door.

Mark: So having those brothers, did it make you like more boyish than girlish?

Sorie: Definitely, yeah. And I like that. I feel very comfortable around boys or males than females. Even growing up, I had more male friends than female friends.

Mark: Hmm, did you never kind of pine or crave for that sister?

Sorie: You know, not really. No, no. I wanted a big brother actually. And I really enjoyed the presence of boys. You just don’t have to worry about anything. You can just speak and be honest. Whenever we got together with my girlfriends, I had to be more concerned about their feelings and I actually don’t like that very much.

Mark: Hmm, I’m not like you though. I’m from a really small family. I just got my sister. I grew up with my sister, and I did feel like I could speak to her about most things. I don’t feel like I had to restrict myself from sharing certain things.

Sorie: I think it also depends on at certain age. When you’re younger, there is that time where you’re always fighting. And then you grow older and then you have families and then you have more things in common and the relationship changes throughout your life.

Mark: What I find really interesting about myself and my sister, I think we’re really, really different. But there’s something about us that, it makes us really, really similar. And I can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s like, yeah, it's like our humor is the same. We might laugh at the same thing and even now as we’re older already. I don’t feel like we particularly have many similar interests or much in common but we can still speak to each other and there’s definitely that sense of family connection.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

span

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That’s an incredible age span.

A span is the range of something from one end to the other. Notice the following:

  1. The have an age span from 5 to 18.
  2. Eagles have a long wing span.

hectic

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It was very hectic.

Hectic means very lively and busy with action. Notice the following:

  1. Fridays at the office are hectic.
  2. He has a hectic schedule.

like a zoo

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It was like a zoo.

When something is like a zoo, it is very crazy and wild. Notice the following:

  1. My house growing up was like a zoo.
  2. The station at 6 p.m. is like a zoo.

pine for

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Did you never kind of pine or crave for that sister?

When you pine for something, you miss it or want it dearly. Notice the following:

  1. He pined for his ex-girlfriend.
  2. They pined for a simpler time.

restrict oneself

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I had to restrict myself from sharing certain things.

If you restrict yourself, you control your urges and limit yourself. Notice the following:

  1. To succeed on a diet you must restrict yourself.
  2. I restrict myself to two beers a day.

I can’t put my finger on it

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I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something is wrong.

The phrase, 'I can't put my finger on it', means you sense something, but cannot say what it is. Notice the following:

  1. I can't put my finger on it, but she seems different.
  2. He had changed, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pine • finger • restrict
span • hectic • zoo
  1. My dorm is like a on Friday night.
  2. I just can't put my on it.
  3. I really for the good old days.
  4. My life is so at the moment.
  5. We need to his diet.
  6. There is a large age in my family.