4. Language about age

4. Language about age

Tim talks to his grandmother

Main practise:  language about age
Revision:            Present Perfect - Question Tags  -  I suppose  -  until

early twenties -   a person aged 21-23; early thirties 31-33, early forties 41-43 etc.

mid-twenties -    24-26; mid thirties 34-36, etc.

late twenties -      27-29; late thirties 37-39, etc.

in his/her teens, a teenager -  aged 13-19

middle-aged -      generally, a person between 40 - 60

-ish -   an informal suffix meaning 'approximately', i.e.
  • He's fifty-ish. = aged 48-52 

my generation - people born around the same time as the speaker


Tim asks his grandmother about the changes she's seen in her life-time.

Complete the sentences.

Tim:  When were you born, Grandma?

Gra:   Nineteen twenty-eight.

Tim:  You've seen many changes in your life, haven't you?

Gra:   Certainly, when I was we didn't have our own clothes
            and hair-styles. Girls dressed just like their mothers and boys like their fathers.
            And girls weren't expected to have a career but just marry and have children.

Tim:  When did you first see a television?

Gra:   I think I was in my . But I was over thirty before we got one
            at home.

Tim:  What about a car?

Gra:   Oh, when I was young only very rich people had cars. I was ,
            I suppose, when your grandad and I bought our first car.

Tim:   And when did you first go abroad?

Gra:   Well, most of  didn't go abroad until they were
            . I was fifty when we went on holiday to Italy.

Tim:  And when did you first use a computer?

Gra:   Oh, very late, not until I was in my .


Write a list of some of your relatives and friends and then say something about their age using the language you've practised.

For example:
My aunt and uncle are middle-aged, in their early fifties. But my grandfather is very old, in his late nineties now. I'm in my teens but my cousins are all in their mid-twenties, etc.