My Family

   Let me introduce myself. I am Oksana Ivanenko. I am 16. I was born in Varva on May 19, 2000. I have been living in this town since my childhood.
   Now I am going to tell you about my family. We are a family of five. We are a friendly family. We are getting on all right.
   My father is 45. He works as a surgeon in a hospital. He is neither old, nor young. He is a good-looking man, handsome, rather thin with dark brown hair just beginning to get grey. He is a very sociable person. What I don’t like about my dad is that he is always busy. Very often he works overtime. He is a bread-maker in our family. He is fond of going to the country on week-ends because he enjoys working in the garden.
   My mother is three years younger than my father. She works as a teacher at a nursery school. My mother is rather slim and pretty, she is al­ways elegant and smart. In short, she is a pleasant-looking woman of about 42. She is a teacher. She always has a lot of work to do both at school and about the house. She is fond of her work and spends a lot of time there. But she has to cook the food for all the family at home. Shop­ping and cooking is nearly half a day’s work for her. But my granny and I are in a habit of helping her about the house.
   Boris is my older brother. He is six years senior to me. So he is 22 al­ready. He has graduated from the University. He is an economist. He is married. His wife is a journalist. They are three in the family. They have got a child, my nephew. He is a small boy with golden hair and dark brown eyes and a spirit that is always bright and happy, full of joy and gaiety.
   And finally a few words about my granny. To tell the truth, she is my best friend. She always listens to my endless, stories about my friends and school life. She is retired on pension now, but she worked as a teacher (she is a former teacher). I must admit, she is a very understanding person.
   It’s a custom in our family to discuss things during meals. We discuss different topics. I must say that all of us are not alike in tastes, manners, character. But as a matter of fact we get along with each other. We usually show our interest in what the others think and do. We share each other’s joy or borrow. We never remain indifferent to what happens to the others. We exchange our impressions on films or plays we have seen. We are attentive and sincere to each other and all these things unite our family. But we like humour and joking and sometimes we argue and tease each other. But it does not prevent us from being on friendly terms. Everybody is grateful to our mother, because she keeps the house, she takes care of everybody, she is also kind and generous. We try our best to treat our mother most kindly.

 The Vocabulary list
housewife = домашня господиня
mother-in-law = свекруха
nephew = племінник
son-in-law = зять
niece = племінниця
daughter-in-law = невістка
father-in-law = свекор
stepfather = вітчим
stepmother = мачуха
smart = гарно одягнутий
adopted child = прийомна дитина
slim = стрункий
widow(er) = вдівець, вдова
gaiety = веселість
surgeon = хірург
be retired on pensions = бути на пенсії
handsome = красивий (про чоловіків)
orphan = сирота
sociable = товариський; той, хто охоче спілкується
twins = близнята
divorce = розлучення
to work overtime = працювати понад норму
descendant = нащадок
hereditary = успадкований
bread-maker = годувальник
heir = спадкоємець


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