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New trends in family life.


1. People tend to marry and start a family later because they would rather make a career first.

2. Couples have fewer children nowadays due to financial reasons.

3. Divorces are more tolerated nowadays than they were 50 years ago.

4. Broken families aren’t as happy as traditional ones.

5. Modern society accepts couples living together without being married.

6. Family members spend less time together because each of them is busy. 

7. Being an only child is a disadvantage.

8. Governments should support young couples starting a family.




                A few decades ago the average Hungarian family consisted of a husband and wife and at least three children. The father was the breadwinner and the head of the family, the mother was a housewife and brought up the children. This family pattern is dramatically changing now because there are more and more one-parent families, a lot of people get divorced and live on their own, and bring up their children on their own. In addition, nowadays most women want to go out to work, and even if they have small children they just send them to a crèche and go back to work as soon as possible.

Also people tend to get married later than they used to, more and more people co-habit for years before the wedding. It also means that they have their first child later in their married life. This is one of the reasons why there are fewer and fewer kids in the average family; the other reason of course is of financial nature. Most families have to make ends meet on miserable salaries and the three-year child care allowance system collapsed. The family budget simply doesn’t allow more children.


In general:

                My family is (not) a big one. Unfortunately I grew up as an only child./There are four of us: my mum, my dad my elder/ younger sister/ brother and me. // I live with my mum / dad / grandma. My parents are in their mid 30/40/50s. They are quite young, I think. It’s good because they understand my problems. My dad is a ……. . He loves his job. My mum is a ……. . She also likes her job. They are tired sometimes but they are always patient with us. My sister / brother is …………… years old. His / Her name is …….. . We quite often quarrel over unimportant things. Anyway she / he does quite well at school and is intelligent and interested in a lot of things.


                Would you describe your mum/dad/siblings? What does he/she look like? What is he/she like? What does he/she like doing in her free time?

(Name, age, job, outlook: height, weight, hair, eyes, face – complexion, nose, ears, lips, special features – personality with examples and hobbies)  -  use the word list


As for me, I’m hardworking. I’m interested in ….. .  I have my father’s / mother’s personality. He / She is understanding and patient with people. I think I’m also sociable as I love keeping company. I have a good sense of humour and I am usually cheerful. I take after my father / mother in appearance. We are both tall and slim. Most people say that I’m just like my mother. We both have big brown/ blue / green eyes and similar features

                My extended family is large/small. I have 2 uncles and 3 aunts and 3 cousins. One of my aunts lives close to us, so we often come together to have lunch or dinner, and I go to the cinema with my cousins almost every week. Two of my aunts live in the capital; unfortunately, I don’t meet her every week. We keep in touch by phone or send e-mails to each other. They come to see us when there is a big family celebration.

Luckily my grandparents are alive. / Unfortunately my grandparents died on my father’s / mother’s side. My grandparents live downstairs and we live upstairs. / My grandparents live with us. / They don’t live close to us. We usually get together on Sundays when my grandmother cooks lunch for the whole family. Of course we meet my grandparents on other days too, but we don’t spend much time together.