Views #758 | Low-Intermediate 4

Big Family

Lupe talks about her very large family and how it is not common these days.

Kara: So, Lupe, you have an extremely large family compared to family sizes here in the United States. How was that? How was that growing up in a large family?

Lupe: Yeah, coming here to the Unites States it was really strange for me to see how small families were, and me coming from such a big family where there's - I have five brothers and six sisters, so five boys, seven girls. There's twelve of us and we all have the same mom and dad and you know at times it can be a little rough because growing up, you know, at one point we did all live together. Now it is not as hard because there is a big age difference between the oldest and the youngest. I am the youngest girl and I have a younger brother. My oldest brother now is forty, married, lives in his own house and most of my older brothers and sisters are all married and have their kids and have also moved out. It's not as tough anymore. What I love about having such a big family is that now they all have babies so there's twenty-three nephews and nieces so when we have get-togethers, it's really an amazing party because there's so many people there just with our immediate family. The kids are running around playing. All the women are you know, hanging out, talking and the guys are also doing their thing, and there's also a lot of birthday parties as you can imagine. There's so many birthdays throughout the year, so there's always a party. There's always someone to talk to. There's always someone to go to. Although it can really hurt your pocket around Christmas time because you know there's twenty-three nieces and nephews to buy presents for and there's also eleven siblings to buy, you know, presents and the family's only getting larger because also got to think about them getting married, so now I have sister-in-laws. I have brother-in-laws, and there's still a few of us that are not married so the family's only gonna get bigger, for sure.

Kara: What was the hardest part about growing up in a family that large?

Lupe: I think the hardest part about it when I was little was I think my parents didn't have the resources to raise all of us in maybe the way they wished they could have. There wasn't always enough money to make sure that everybody was well-dressed, or even that there was enough food. As the older siblings started, you know, growing up and being old enough that they could work, they became a central part of the family and started helping with the income, the family income and that made it a lot easier for us younger ones growing up. They had it a little tougher than we did because they had to work a lot and they were really young to make sure that the rest of us had everything we needed. That was definitely the hardest part.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

at one point


At one point we did all live together.

At 'one point' means at a certain moment in time.

Notice the following:

  1. At one point, all of us were in one car.
  2. She said that at one point we would have all been at the same school together.



When we have get-togethers, it's really an amazing party because there's so many people there.

'Get-togethers' are small, informal parties and gatherings.

Notice the following:

  1. I really like to organize get-togethers, as I like to see people having fun.
  2. The club used to have lots of fun get-togethers in the summer.

hang out


All the women are hanging out and talking.

When you 'hang out,' it means that you spend time relaxing with friends.

Notice the following:

  1. He called me and asked me if I would like to hang out with him on Saturday.
  2. Would you like to come round to my house and hang out with me and my friends?

doing their thing


The guys are also doing their thing.

When people are said to be 'doing their thing,' it means that they are the doing the things that make them happy.

Notice the following:

  1. All of the dancers were doing their thing on the dance floor.
  2. We were just sitting around doing our thing when the headmaster walked in.

hurt your pocket


It can really hurt your pocket around Christmas time.

When something 'hurts your pocket,' it means that it is expensive.

Notice the following:

  1. The last few weeks have really hurt my pocket.
  2. You have to budget really carefully when you are on holiday otherwise it can really hurt your pocket.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
in tune • conscious • hybrid
charge • solar
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  2. People are more motivated to buy cars now that fuel prices are so high.
  3. Sorry it took me until now to call you. I had to plug my phone in and it up.
  4. One of the reasons he is a great boyfriend is because he is very with what I need.
  5. Iceland is one of the most environmentally countries in the world.