Life When You Were a Child

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 15, 2022 and last updated on July 23, 2023

For English learners, talking about life when they were children offers a delightful opportunity to enhance language skills while sharing personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. This introduction delves into nostalgic recollections of childhood games, traditions and moments, encouraging learners to use descriptive vocabulary and past tenses.

By discussing cherished memories, learners can improve their storytelling abilities, practice listening comprehension, and foster a deeper understanding of cultural influences on early life.

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.

About Life When You Were a Child

This topic evokes a nostalgic journey back in time, reminiscing about the simplicity, wonder and innocence of our early years. This introduction delves into the cherished memories, activities and experiences that shaped our childhoods, whether it be playful games, family traditions or the magic of exploration.

Recollecting the challenges and joys of growing up, we connect with shared experiences and cultural differences, fostering a deeper appreciation for the past. As we unravel the tapestry of our younger selves, we gain insights into how our childhoods continue to influence and shape us in the present.

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)
  • cultural (adjective)
  • technology (noun)
  • nostalgic (noun)
  • memories (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Did you enjoy your childhood?
  • What were some of your favourite childhood activities or games?
  • Did you have any unique family traditions or rituals when you were a child?
  • What was your favourite subject or activity in school when you were young? Why did you enjoy it?
  • What things were better when you were a child?
  • What things are better now?
  • How has technology and entertainment for children changed since you were young?
  • Should children today spend more time playing outdoors and engaging in physical activities like previous generations?
  • 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?
  • Is childhood today significantly different from the past in terms of freedom and safety?
  • 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.