Life When You Were a Child

children playing on grass field
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 15, 2022 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Although there are many aspects of life that have improved dramatically over years, many people still hold fond memories of their childhood. Some people often look back on their childhood as an almost magical time that they would love to relive again. Others have different perspectives. For example, they look at all the technology that is around today and envy what children have and wish they were in their position.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • childhood (noun)
  • envy (verb)
  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • bring up (phrasal verb)
  • enjoyable (adjective)
  • problematic (adjective)
  • technology (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Do you think life was better when you were a child? Why?
  • Did you enjoy your childhood?
  • What things were better when you were a child?
  • What things are better now?
  • Would you like to be a child nowadays?
  • What problems do you think children face now that they didn't when you were a child?
  • What problems did you have when you were a child that most children don't have nowadays?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.