Asking Family Questions in English

Teacher: Robin    Runtime: 7:16     Series: Beginner 2      icon-heart Donate     

This greetings video will teach some questions you should know to ask someone about their family life.  It also warns you about some rude questions you shouldn’t ask a stranger.
이 인사관련 동영상은 어떤 사람에게 그 사람의 가족 삶에 관하여 물을 때 알아야 할 몇 가지 질문을 가르쳐 줍니다. 또한 여러분이 낯선 사람에게 물어서는 안 되는 몇 가지 무례한 질문도 알려줍니다.
[Part 1]

Hello again.

In this video, we’re going to look at some questions to ask someone to know about their family.

Ok…

Now, remember, asking about family is a very personal thing.

So, make sure you are very familiar or friendly with the person before you start asking about family.

Now, here are the first two questions and these are good questions to start with.

They are both ‘Do you..?’ questions.

The first one.

“Do you live alone?”

Ok, only one person in the house.

“Do you live alone?”

This is a really good question to ask someone.

“Do you live alone?”…because when they answer…if they answer, “yes”..ohh, then you know they’re single.

But, if they answer, “no”.

They will probably tell you, “No, I live with my parents.”

or “No, I live with my husband” or “wife”. Ok…

So you could learn a lot by asking this question…about who he lives with or what kind of family he has.

The second question.

“Do you live with your parents?”

Ok…

Similar style.

“Do you live with your parents?”, and the person will tell you, “yes” or “no”.

Now, both of these are ‘Do you..?’ questions.

And all ‘Do you..?’ questions…the easiest way to answer is…

“Yes, I do.”

“No, I don’t.”

Ok…very easy asnwers.

“Do you live alone?”

“Yes, I do.”

“No, I don’t.”

“Do you live with your parents?”

“Yes, I do.”

“No, I don’t.”

Alright…so these are good quick answers, but these are boring answers. Ok..

So, these answers are very easy, but probably if you say, “Yes, I do.” or “No, I don’t.”, you should also give more information.

“Do you live alone?”

“No, I don’t. I live with my parents.”

“Do you live with your parents?”

“Yes, I do. We live in Chamsil.”

Ok..so, these are good ways to answer quickly, but you should try to give more information.

Alright, let’s move on to the next questions.

2:25 [Part 2]

Ok, so the next question is very common and very important.

This is the question you want to ask to know about their brothers and sisters.

And here is the question.

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

Ok…

Again, it’s a “Do you…?” question.

So the simple answer is “Yes, I do.”, “No, I don’t.”

But that’s not enough information.

Ok, so here is the best answer.

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

So…”Yes, I have one brother”, “one sister”, “two bothers”, “two sisters”.

Ok…because it’s two, remember we need that ‘s’.

“Two brothers.”

“Two sisters.”

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

“Yes, I have two sisters.”

Or, you could say, “I have one brother and two sisters”.

Or “I have one brother and three sisters”.

Ok…but remember the single and the plural. Alright…

So, this is the best way to answer.

“Yes, I have one brother”.

Some people…uhhh…”no”, ok… you are single.

You have no brothers or sisters.

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

“No, I’m an only child.”

“No, I’m an only child.”

“I’m an only child.”

Ok…

So this is what you would say, in English, to say that you have no brothers or sisters.

Ok…

Let’s move on to the next questions.

4:20 [Part 3]

“Are you single?”

“Are you married?”

These our next two questions.

Very important questions to ask someone. Alright…

So, it’s very important to know if they’re single or married.

So, again, “Are you single?”

Is that person alone?…only one?

“Are you married?”

“Do you have a husband?” or “wife?”.

Ok…

Now, they are “Are you…?” questions, so all “Are you…?” questions, we have to answer, “Yes, I am.”, “No, I’m not.” Ok…

Some people say, “Yes, I’m.”

This is wrong.

You can’t use a contraction here.

It has to be “I am.”

Never say, “Yes, I’m”.

That is wrong.

It is only, “Yes, I am.”

“Yes, I am.”

“No, I’m not.”

Ok, so let’s practice..fast…speaking fast.

“Are you single?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Are you married?”

“No, I’m not.”

“Are you single?”

“No, I’m not.”

“Are you married?”

“Yes, I am.”

Ok…

So those are these two questions.

Let’s move on to the last question.

5:32 [Part 4]

Ok, we’re at the last question.

“Do you have any children?”

“Do you have any children?”

Now, probably, the first question is, “Are you married?”

“Yes, I am.”

Then you would ask, “Do you have any children?”

“Do you have any children?”

Now this is similar style to, “Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

“Do you have any brothers or sisters?”

“Do you have any children?”

Same style answer.

“Yes, I have one son.”

“Yes, I have one daughter.”

“Yes, I have two sons.”

“Yes, I have two daughters.”

So, remember, “one son”, “two sons”.

Don’t forget the ‘s’.

“Two sons.”

“Two daughters.”

Of course, you could also say, “Yes, I have one daughter and one son.”

Or…”I have three daughters and two sons.”

Ok…you can say many things.

uhhh, some people have no children.

So, “Do you have any children?”

“No, I don’t have any, yet.”

Ok, “I don’t have any, yet.”

“Do you have any children?”

“No, I don’t have any, yet.”

Alright…

So this is the question you want to ask about children.

Alright, so we learned a lot of questions to ask people about their family.

Remember, these are kind of personal questions, so make sure it’s ok…make sure you’re friendly first.

Alright, so, you should practice these questions.

These questions are common and very useful.

That’s it.

See you next video.

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