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Learn the Past Perfect Tense

Date: Jan 16 2012

Themes: Family

Grammar: Past Perfect Tense


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Brothers and sisters can be a lot of fun. But sometimes cousins are even better. They’re family, so you share a special bond with them. But you probably don’t have to see them every day, and you don’t have to worry about sibling rivalry with your cousins.

Ella recently went to Thailand, where her family is from. She met 13 cousins she hadn’t seen since she was a very young girl. Find out if they hit it off as she and Jason talk about cousins.



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Jason:  So I only have one family member who lives here in town, and it’s a cousin. I really don’t see him all that much. He’s really cool, but, I don’t know, for some reason we just don’t call each other out of the blue very often. Are you very close with your cousins?

Ella:  Well, I wouldn’t say close. I just met 13 of them when I was in Thailand last month, which was a trip. I was not prepared for that. I have a lot of cousins.

Jason:  Yeah, I think I might have, like, 14 total, let alone 13 I’ve never met.

Ella:  Yeah, that was just my dad’s side. It was weird, because I hadn’t seen them since I was really young, but when I met them I felt an instant connection, like, “Weird, I don’t know these people, but I automatically love them.”

Jason:  That’s amazing. So you had a connection immediately upon seeing them for the first time?

Ella:  Yes. It was weird. Like on my mom’s side and my dad’s side, the cousins I met, it was really awesome. I’m just overall pretty close with my family.

Jason:  Do you think it’s important to stay in touch with your cousins?

Ella:  I definitely do. I try to talk to them at least once a week.

Jason:  Wow. All of them?

Ella:  Facebook most of them. But I’ll be on the phone with a couple different ones every week.

Jason:  Woah. I gotta get better about hanging out with my cousin.

Ella:  You should.

Jason:  I’ll give him a call really soon.


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Jason lives in the same town as his cousin, but they rarely see each other, even though they like each other and have things in common. Ella has many more cousins than Jason. In fact, she just met 13 cousins on a trip to Thailand. As soon as she met them, she felt a strong connection to them.

Ella thinks it is important to stay in touch with your cousins. She keeps up with her cousins through Facebook and talks to them on the phone as often as possible. She thinks Jason should make more of an effort to spend time with his cousin, especially since they are lucky enough to live in the same town.

How many cousins do you have? Are you close with them? How do you stay in touch?



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i have so much cousins!!!!! i don’t know all of them but the ones with who i’m in touch are really reliable and we have a lot of fun together !!! but most of them are boys lol

05:23 PM Oct 26 2012 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

don’t talk about them i have more than 20 cousins.many boys,many girls may be we’re 28,or 30.

12:31 PM Oct 20 2012 |

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my mother just has a sister my aunt has a child,but my father has 3 sisters and a brother,and in my father’s family i have 6 cousins 2 boys and 4 girls:)

10:42 AM Sep 20 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of


02:40 PM Aug 20 2012 |




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03:35 AM Aug 20 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie


I have 27 cousins...Laughing

I’m not so close to them, because they’re either older than me or much younger.. I have only one of them as the same age as me, but we’re a bit different and there’s no harmony between us.. but you know? I like playing and kidding with my little cousins, those under 5..

09:45 PM Aug 19 2012 |




This lesson is very perfect. i loved it very much.

05:57 PM Jul 09 2012 |



I wish i have cousins here where i live now, sometimes cousins help you a lot especial when you feel alon and you need somebody close to you to tell about your problem ,but sometimes cousins make your life worse for jealousy and competition

09:22 PM Jan 30 2012 |



My father and my mother were both the only child of their parents. So I have no first cousins.

09:09 PM Jan 25 2012 |




My cousins are very important for me…they are the same with my brother and sister and even if i can share with them such things that i cant share with my sister or brother

i love them Kiss :)

01:43 PM Jan 22 2012 |




Candy ,  I agree with you that  is important   (in spite of the distance) to  stay in touch  from time to time with your  next of kin . keep it that way.

08:12 PM Jan 20 2012 |

susan koh



04:13 PM Jan 18 2012 |




I don’t have cousins at all…no one… just one brother. Am I lucky? I think yes! I don’t think I actually need that many relatives…but who knows maybe I’d change my opinion if I had such a chance. Anyway I’ll never get to know it. So, I think we’d better let it go at that.

11:03 AM Jan 18 2012 |



South Korea

connections of siblings and relatives are important . at present, social network is awesome. they can stay in touch with one anothor. I might have many siblings, let alone most of them I have never met.

04:31 AM Jan 18 2012 |




Kropeczka  ,hello.    I had the same thought  that it could be a irrelevant topic.  How wrong I was.  so far ,almost 80  posts  about this “boring” subject.

12:30 AM Jan 18 2012 |




In the beginning I thought it will be quite boring lesson. Now I’m suprised how interesting it became. 

I like topics and conversations connected to people’s feelings. I like your intelligent and sensitive comments and I’m really glad I’ve found this website. Thank you all, guys. 

09:53 PM Jan 17 2012 |



I have a few cousins, to be exact: I have three male cousins and 5 female cousins plus quite a few removed ones too. Three of them are a lot older than me and live in England, have their jobs, girlfriends, husbands and kids. They have their own lives and I’m okay with that. They all send me Birthday and Christmas presents though and we usually see them over Christmas where they are really nice and you can see that they are actually interested in me and my sisters it’s just they have quite busy lives. Then three of my cousins live in Germany (like me) but they are all a lot younger than me and I can’t quite relate to them. We often go over for short weekend visits though. Then I have two other cousins in England who are also a bit younger than me but we get on really well. We see them as much as we can despite the distance and have spent several Christmases and holidays in France together. When we can’t visit we occasionally phone, write letters or skype. I hope to stay in touch with them in future!

08:50 PM Jan 17 2012 |




yes i have many cousins but i just am close to 3 of them. it is maybe cause of sibling rivalry. i want to improve my connection to them :D

07:59 PM Jan 17 2012 |

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snoopyboy,thank you very much for the detailed answer. I appreciate your honestly and openess.Smile

04:36 PM Jan 17 2012 |




Kotlesya my real  mother has two other kids, but now that I don’t live with my mother and them, I somehow begin to develop a stronger relatiponship with them. I love her to death, but sometimes she gets jealous of my mom, the one who raised me. she sometimes try to turn me against my adotive family and I ‘d feel like an hypocrit if I do…

I lke your island analogy… very clever! (:

I read your comment, and there’s nothing I would add.


01:22 PM Jan 17 2012 |

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