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Date: Feb 27 2009

Themes: Family, Friend

Grammar: Plural vs. Possessive "S"


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Sometimes your siblings are your best friends, sometimes they’re your worst enemies, and sometimes they’re both at the same time. But whether you get along well with them or fight with them all the time, they’re a part of you, just like your parents. So you’re basically stuck with them, whether you like it or not.

Of course, not everyone has brothers or sisters. Only children don’t have to worry about fighting or sibling rivalry, but they probably get lonely sometimes. On the other hand, they don’t have to share their parents’ love or attention. Or presents.

Jason is an only child. Beren spent most of her childhood trying to kill her brother. Listen to them discuss the joys and pains of having (or not having) brothers and sisters.


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Beren:  Do you have any brothers and sisters?

Jason:  No, I don’t. I’m an only child.

Beren:  Woah! I seem to meet a lot of those. It’s funny, I used to wish I was an only child.

Jason:  I used to wish I had brothers and sisters so bad!

Beren:  I probably would’ve given you mine. I have an older brother and a younger sister, and the little sister, she’s fun. Stacey. When she was really little I could get her to do anything. And that’s fun because it’s like having a doll that could talk and go get me things.

Jason:  Yeah.

Beren:  My brother, like we would have karate fights on the concrete. He almost killed me, actually.

Jason:  Oh my gosh. Really?

Beren:  Yeah, a couple times. But the big one was we played a game called “Chase,” where I was on my bike and he would throw a ball and try to bounce me off. And the ball got stuck in the spokes and I flew over the handlebars.

Jason:  See that’s the thing, I wanted a playmate, but I guess I missed out on some of the hazards as well.

Beren:  Totally. There’s the rivalry, like the sibling rivalry. My brother and I were really competitive with each other, we were always trying to out-do one another.

Jason:  How has it translated to adulthood, though? How do you guys get along now?

Beren:  He’s like my best friend. He’s awesome.

Jason:  Really?

Beren:  Yeah, totally. And we can joke about it. He’s like, “Remember the time I almost killed you?” And I’m like, “Ha ha! Yeah!”

Jason:  And it’s totally OK because it was so long ago that you guys don’t hold a grudge?

Beren:  Yeah, totally.


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Beren has an older brother and a little sister, but she used to wish she was an only child. Jason is an only child who used to wish he had brothers and sisters.

Beren liked having a little sister when she was younger because she could boss her around. On the other hand, she and her older brother used to fight all the time. Once he even seriously hurt her when she was riding her bike. So maybe Jason was lucky to have no siblings growing up.

These days, Beren and her brother get along really well. They’re like best friends. They don’t want to kill each other anymore. They can laugh together about the fights they used to have when they were kids.

Do you have siblings? Do you get along with them or do you fight with them?



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lol, i damn love my siblings 

i mean i couldnt imagine without them in my life, i have 5 brohs and 1 sis,big happy family, my brother’s my best budd Tongue out

10:54 AM Apr 19 2012 |




I have an older sister and a younger brother,  we are fighting all time, when were children. But now we are not fighting, we are very united.

12:14 AM Jun 15 2011 |



Yeah I have one brother,we 're always fighting when were still a kid.Now we are not fighting anymore we helped its other and I love his kids.

08:09 AM Oct 27 2010 |




I have two youngest sisters wich ones I used to fight with when we were younger , now we share many things we love each other we admire each other, we look after each other, we like to go out and have some fun!!!

01:34 AM Oct 27 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

I have sisters I used to fight with them 

when I was a little girl 

but now we are best freinds

09:09 AM Jul 22 2010 |




I have an oldest brother and youger brother

03:50 PM May 18 2010 |



I'm a only child and I have enjoyed a lot.

09:38 PM Jan 31 2010 |




I have only one a big brother. When we were kids, we often had been fighthing each other. But now after we grow up being an adult we are so familiarly. He take care of me n responbility to our parents.

06:31 AM Nov 04 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

I love my siblings Laughing

07:36 PM Jun 09 2009 |

autumn leaf


I have siblings ,a younger sister and a younger brother. But I don’t think this is happy. Because I have to do many things for them,to be a elder sister is a hard thing. I don’t feel happy. Even now, we get along in a general way. I feel lonely.

06:36 AM Jun 02 2009 |



i have a younger brother .and i m so happy to have one .he is always nice to me .it is really a sweet experience to grow up with a sibling .

12:28 PM Apr 04 2009 |


Serbia and Montenegro

I am sorry, I have a question which is not relevant. what is the meaning of Youtube? why it is called like this?

ta ta

09:34 AM Mar 05 2009 |


South Korea

I have a sister and we get along well with each other. But my son who is 4 years old is the only son of mine. He always says to me:" Mum, give me a little brother or sister, please." He wants a playmate and to take care of little child. While we couldn't have two children in China. I feel so regret for that. It's better to have siblings for everybody.

04:50 AM Mar 05 2009 |



Im an only child and i agree with Jason, But I used to play a lot with my friends on the neighborhood, and I spent almost all of my time being with them.

02:05 AM Mar 05 2009 |



i have no brothers or sisters. in china, most teenagers are only child now.sometimes i hope i'll have a little brother then i can play with himLaughing

01:26 AM Mar 05 2009 |




Currently I get along very well with my sister…she there in her house and me here! I’m joking hehe,but I love her :)

08:13 PM Mar 04 2009 |




I have one younger sister,she is 30 years old today and I'm 35…When we were young we used to fight sometimes…But currently not more hehe

08:09 PM Mar 04 2009 |



I habe got two little Brothers ; one is three years old the othe eleven, he gets me most on the nerv .

The other one is cute^^    But usually I don't fight with anybody of them, I'm to scare to broke them an arm or something like that ! x'D

05:06 PM Mar 02 2009 |


Viet Nam

     If there was a fact that the generational gap does matter siblings relationship, then I would say it is true to me. For so long time I acted like a pathetic to my family members, to be true, including my brother. Meaningless quarrel happened during those times.



03:46 PM Mar 02 2009 |


Viet Nam

     If there was a fact that the generational gap does matter siblings relationship, then I would say it is true to me. For so long time I acted like a pathetic to my family members, to be true, including my brother. Meaningless quarrel happened during those times.



03:46 PM Mar 02 2009 |

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