Get on with – to have a friendly relationship with somebody
e.g. Parents aren’t easy to get on with.
I find it difficult to get on with my brother.
To talk over the problem – to discuss the problem
Fathers are often out of touch with a family life
Parents and children are sometimes not much emotionally close to each other
Generation gap - the lack (nedostatok) of understanding between generations caused by their different attitude
(postoj) and experience
to take care of children - to be responsible for someone or something
e.g. Our parents spent a lot of time taking care of us when we were young.
to bring up (the children) - to raise someone or something; to care for someone or something up to adulthood
e.g. We brought the dog up from a pup
Young people get into quarrels/arguments with their parents for several reasons.
Household chores - Indoor chores might include cooking, setting the table and washing dishes; cleaning, sweeping
(zametanie smetí), hoovering (vysávanie), dusting (utieranie prachu), mopping (zotieranie dlážky) and ironing
Answer these questions:
What is your family like?
Choose a member of your family and
describe him/her. (appearance, character,
hobbies, lifestyle, role in the family,
clothing habits and your relationship to
Would you like to bring up your children in
the same way you were brought up or
would you change anything?
Why do you think there’s a generation gap
between parents and their children in a
Sample notes for the answer
- spend much time with their friends instead of parents
- Prefer making their own decisions
- Say that parents don’t understand them
- Think that teenagers don’t respect any adult
- Teenagers are impolite, rude and lazy
- To build a friendly relationship from the early childhood
- Talk to children about everyday problems
Are your parents strict or tolerant? What
rules do they set?
How are the household chores divided up
in your family?
Do you like the idea of a husband taking a
paternity leave? Why? Why not?
Should children get pocket money? Why?
You’ve just finished
secondary school and think
you deserve a rest. Your
friends are planning a
camping holiday at a seaside
this summer and want to
hitchhike to save money. You
really want to go with them,
but your parents are strongly
against hitchhiking. Try to
persuade your parents to let
you go with your friend. Give
reasons why you think it’s a
safe and good idea.
You share your bedroom with your sibling who is
very untidy. What would you do to make him/her
not leave his/her stuff everywhere, tidy up
his/her books, not chat with his/her friends for
hours and share the housework at home?
A young couple wants to set up a family. Wife
wants to have more children but the husband
wants only one child. Discuss the advantages
and disadvantages of family with one and family
with many children. What will your future family