[00:00.10]Family|[00:01.58] What does the word "family" mean to you?|[00:04.19] The easiest way to define family is to talk about|[00:08.30] who you are related to.|[00:10.60] Usually, there is a mom and a dad and children|[00:15.02] who are brothers and sisters.|[00:17.26] This would be the "core" family.|[00:19.87] Then there is the "extended" family|[00:23.04] which would include grandparents, aunts and uncles,|[00:27.71] cousins, nieces and nephews and in-laws|[00:31.75] (people married to your bothers or sisters,|[00:34.92] husband or wife).|[00:36.98] However, I think the word "family"|[00:40.46] has a much deeper meaning.|[00:42.76] The word "family" brings words to my mind like:|[00:47.11] love, support, help, kindness, fun, love, trips,|[00:55.51] closeness, love, forgiving, sharing, love,|[01:01.80] understanding, respect and love!|[01:06.21] You'll notice one word|[01:08.02] that is repeated over and over again.|[01:10.88] LOVE. I believe if a family has real love for one another,|[01:15.73] they will be able to overcome any problems they may have.|[01:20.46] Actually, they may not have too many problems|[01:24.88] if they all love and respect one another.|[01:28.48] However, there are things that cannot be helped;|[01:32.15] like death, sickness or accidents.|[01:35.76] It is during those hard times|[01:37.87] that a family's love helps them to go|[01:40.68] through those experiences.|[01:42.85] We had quite a few children in my family.|[01:46.65] There were brothers and sisters|[01:48.76] which included an adopted brother|[01:51.31] and a number of foster children, too.|[01:54.17] I was also very fortunate that I had both|[01:58.03] my mom and dad to live with|[01:59.90] and do things like vacations together.|[02:02.76] We had a lot of fun and there were some times of tears, too.|[02:07.61] Above all, we love one another!|[02:10.47] Family is a wonderful thing! I am so lucky!
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Learn English By Listening Level 2 Unit 047