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Episode 17

Tess and Ravi talk about a very famous British family and Adam passes on your kind words to Carolina.

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Do you live in a country which has a king or queen? Did you have to learn the names of kings and queens in history at school? Are the names for family members more specific in your language than in English? And do tell us about your family!


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Intermediate: B1


Hi, all. I live in a democratic country, so we don't have any king or queen. But we do read about royal families in the history, as Indian subcontinent had many great kings and queens for instance Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Jhansi ki Rani etc. In my language we have different words for all relations like materal grandfather, paternal uncle, elder brother/sister etc. I live in ajoint family. My family includes my husband and daughter wit my in laws family.

I do not live in a country which has a king or queen but we used to be a Spanish and Portuguese colony at different times long time ago in history though, nowadays I live in a country which is an independent democratic republic with no royalties dependences or relations to the political power and with no direct relations with any religion neither. I do have to learn about the Spanish and Portuguese royalties when I was studying history at the elementary school, but I forgot their names and titles.
In Spanish, at least here in my country we use the same names for family members as are used in Britain but not very often we used the 'second cousin' - to name the sons of our father's and mother's cousin's - and 'second aunt/uncle' - to name our father's and mother's cousin's.
Luckily I still have got all my direct relatives, my father is the oldest in my family, then my mother is 7 years older than my mother, my sister is the oldest son and 4 years older than my and 3 years older than my older brother.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!

In Japan we have royal family. Like in Britain they are the symbol of the country. They don’t govern the country.
In Japanese we call family members the same way as in English. We call mother-in- law, for example, Gibo, which means mother-in-law. When we call her, however, we use the word mom. We never call her Gibo. If I called my mother-in-law Gibo, it would be too rude or too weird.

The system in my country is Semi-presidential system . It means it hasn't royal family or thing like that. But Egypt wasn't like that before 1954. In our history subject we have many and complicating names we have to study them . Those names cause the long history of Egypt . The most common example the ancient egyptians . They have many similar names and confusing relationships to study it . There are many and different civilizations ruled over Egypt.

My language is more specific than English language in describing members of family .For instance, in English you say uncle for brother's rather or brother's mother but in Arabic there are different words. The same for aunt . We differ between the boy and the girl in all of words like french language I guess. I think my family is not difficult to describe. I have got mother ,father and two sisters. My oldest sister "Tasneem" is 19 years old . My youngest sister "Samah" is 15 years old . And I am in middle . That's all !

My name is Miguel Ángel, I am thirty four years old. I have three brothers and one sister; Jorge, Jaime, Rey y Alicia. Jorge is the oldest and he is married to Guadalupe. They have four daughters; Elizabeth, Adriana, Diana y Perla. Rey is the second younger, he is married to Karina and they have two sons and two daughters. I am the younger I am married to Susana and we have a son, Alex.

we don't have royal family , we have president and his family ruling our country they even have our country they live very luxurious life while i'm a teacher and i have less than 50 dollars a month

I live in a country where Rojal titles and Emperors were in the past. I remember how I had to learn all of them when I used to study at school and that was really tricky. The last Emperor Nicholas The Second was dethroned in 1917 when revolution occurred. Now we have only president and premier minister.
I have my mum whose sister (my aunt) has two children, my cousins. My father’s sister has her stepdaughter, my stepsister.

Hello Adam and thanks for the podcast.
I was born in a big familly. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers. My sisters are younger than me. and I have to older brother . my mother had many brothers and sisters but most of them died when they were so young and now I just have two aunt and an uncle from mother's side, because my aunt's husband died when I was a child . My dad had 3 sisters 2 of them died afew years ago and now He has just one sister.
I have many cousins, and I have a brother in low and two sister in low I also have a neice and a nephew . My neice is so lovely she is 4 months old, she is daughter of my younger brother , and my nephew is about 15 he is so tall, and he is son of my older brother.

In my country there is no royal family we had a royal family about 40 years ago, people still remember them and pray for them.

Hello everyone, my country doesn't have a king or queen. In history, the last king was dethroned in 1945. About my family, my father has seven siblings and my mother has eleven siblings, so I have many uncles and aunts and cousins. It's so complicated, but I love them.