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    host family

    Hello.

    I have come across a sentence in the OAL dictionary that I am uncertain how to translate.
    Unfortunately, there is no context provided for this sentence.

    Shall I take a gift to my host family?

    Could you please help me translating that sentence.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: host family

    'Shall I take a gift for the family in whose home I shall be staying?'

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Jun-2012 at 11:46.

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    Re: host family

    Thanks, Rover.

    Does that mean that there might be more than one family to a person?
    I.e. if a son lives together with his mother, father and sister they are his host family, aren't they?
    The son's uncle and aunt lives separately. Are they also considered as his family?

    Thanks.

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    Re: host family

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Thanks, Rover.

    Does that mean that there might be more than one family to a person?
    I.e. if a son lives together with his mother, father and sister they are his host family, aren't they?
    The son's uncle and aunt lives separately. Are they also considered as his family?

    Thanks.
    The son's mother, father, sister etcetera are his immediate family, his uncle, aunt, cousins etcetera are his extended family. If, for example, he is going on a language course to another country where he will be staying with a family, they are his host family.

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    #5

    Re: host family

    My daughter is about to go to Germany. She will be staying with a family. They are her host family. (And yes, we are sending a gift.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: host family

    You are not related to your host family. The phrase is used because the people you are going to stay with are "a family" and they will be your "hosts" while you stay there. Usually, you have never met them before. It is not the same use of the word "family" that we use when talking about our relatives.

    In the UK, there are a lot of language schools where foreign kids come to study for several weeks at a time. They don't stay at hotels while they are here, they stay with English families who look after them, feed them, take them out during their free time. There are advertisements all year in my local paper for "host families" - ie families in my town who would like to offer to have a foreign student to stay in their house while that person studies English.

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    Re: host family

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
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    In the UK, there are a lot of language schools where foreign kids come to study for several weeks at a time. They don't stay at hotels while they are here, they stay with English families who look after them, feed them, take them out during their free time. There are advertisements all year in my local paper for "host families" - ie families in my town who would like to offer to have a foreign student to stay in their house while that person studies English.
    Really? I have never heard of that. It is really wonderful that people learning English get opportunities to live with native speakers.Is that similar to something called paying guest?.

    By the by in what newspaper do they give advertisement? because logically only people who are from other country will come and read English there.So,I guess the advertisement should be given in the other country newspapers.

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    Re: host family

    The advertisement is to recruit families to serve as the host family. It's not to recruit the English learners. If you want to find English families, you need to advertise in newspapers in England.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: host family

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My daughter is about to go to Germany. She will be staying with a family. They are her host family. (And yes, we are sending a gift.)
    All the best for your daughter. Hopefully she will have a great time in Germany.

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    Re: host family

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The advertisement is to recruit families to serve as the host family. It's not to recruit the English learners. If you want to find English families, you need to advertise in newspapers in England.
    Oh! sorry.I got it in the other way.So, is it also similar to paying guest?

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