Siblings (brothers and sisters)

Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)

  1. Which of the following best describes the relationship between you and your siblings.. (or your friend and his / her siblings)
    • we get on like a house on fire
    • we share a tightly knit bond
    • we're pretty close
    • we catch up from time-to-time / on the odd occasion / once in a blue moon
    • we keep in touch
    • we're estranged
  2. Did you bully your siblings or were you picked on?
  3. Do you ever wish you could have adopted another sibling?
  4. Was there a sibling rivalry or something of the sort between you?
  5. Did you bicker about things you shouldn't have bickered about?
  6. Would you play day-in day-out with each other?
  7. Did one of you ever have to look after the other one while your parents went off somewhere?
  8. Did you vie for your parents' attention?
  9. Were one of you favoured by your parents?
  10. Did you stick up for each other?

Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

  1. How many siblings do families in your country usually have?
  2. Was this different before?
  3. What are the advantages of having siblings?
  4. What are the disadvantages?
  5. Are there any advantages to sibling rivalry? (article)
  6. How does the order of birth of children affect their character and future? (article)
  7. How can parents encourage good relationships between their children? (article)



Long-turn (IELTS part2)

Talk about someone who you would like to be your brother or sister


  • Who is it
  • Why would you like them to be your brother or sister
  • What would you do with them

and what would they think about it?

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