In this lesson, we are going to look at grammar and vocabulary you can use to talk about your childhood. The lesson is suitable for English learners in general and those preparing for the IELTS Speaking test.
Read the text below and spend some time analysing the grammar points used. What did you notice?
Now, let's look at the language you need to talk about your childhood.
What was your childhood like and is there anything you miss?
Well, to be honest, I'm not a very nostalgic person and I don't look back on my life that often. I tend to think more about the future than about the past. Having said that, I have some vague memories of my childhood.
Occasionally, I may think about my childhood, especially when I try to find out what kind of person I used to be or whether I was happier as a child than I am now.
Looking back at my childhood I do remember spending lots of time outdoors and playing with other children, which were mainly younger than me. I can't remember my childhood in great detail, but I can think of my summer holidays and staying outdoors until late in the evening. My parents didn't worry about me at all because I would always play in the street with the neighbouring kids, not too far from home.
On hot summer days, we would always play together late in the afternoon when temperatures were not too high. In the evenings, we would play hide-and-seek, and other games, which I can barely remember now.
Another thing I really enjoyed doing was riding my bike alone or with other children. Unfortunately, my dad sold my bike when I went to high school and I haven't been on a bike ever since. Honestly, I was very keen on cycling back then, but I'm a bit scared to get on a bike now because I have long forgotten how to do it without falling.
Sometimes I wish I could remember more from my childhood, but as I get older, I realise that my memories have faded with time.
Find the sentences with 'used to' and 'would' in the text.
We use used to + infinitive to describe past habits or past states that are now finished.
The negative form is didn't use to.
We can also use would + infinitive to describe past habits.
The negative form is rarely used in English.
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