Friday, 27 January 2012

How Is Your Family Doing?

Imagine you are talking to a friend or a work colleague. You are talking about family/ relatives. The other person wants you to tell him/ her how your family are doing/ what your family are doing. So, he/ she decides to ask you "how is your family doing?".

The other person could choose to be a bit less formal and say:
¿Cómo está tu familia?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿Cómo está su familia?


The first thing to note is that you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Your main concern should be about finding words which give an appropriate update on your family. Perhaps you want say that:
  • Your family are well.
  • A specific member of your family is ill.
  • A specific member of your family is travelling.
  • A specific member of your family is on holiday
  • Specific members of your family are in a particular country.
  • Specific members of your family are in a particular town.

Here are some examples of how you could give an update on your family:
  • Mi familia está bien  (my family are well).
  • Mi hija, Ana está enferma (my daughter Ana is ill).
  • Mi hija, Ana tiene gripe (my daughter Ana has influenza).
  • Mi hijo, Pedro está de viaje (my son Pedro is travelling).
  • Mi hermano, Antonio está de vacaciones (my brother Antonio is on holiday).
  • Mis padres están en los Estados Unidos (my parents are in the USA).
  • Mi hermano, Juan y su mujer, Clara están en Londres (my brother Juan and his wife Clara are in London).
Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Cómo está tu familia?

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