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Family Life

   How close are you as a family?
   We usually see each other at least once a month, maybe more often. We have lunch together on Sunday if we haven't got anything special to do. We live in Tula, which is about an hour and a half away, but we always come to Moscow where my mother and father live. It's not so far.
   Usually my grandmother and my uncle and aunt are there too — we're quite a large family! Sometimes my brother and his girlfriend come over — they live nearby. The meal takes about four hours, we spend a lot of time chatting.
   There's no one we call the head of the family, although my father's advice and opinion are very important in all decisions we take. My uncle Vova in fact older than my father is, so I suppose he's the real head of the family.
   When my grandfather was alive, he liked to think that the whole family organized itself around him, but these days it's different. But we all try to discuss things together when we meet.
   In most families, it's a small family group who live in the same house, mother, father and the children before they get married. But if one of the grandparents dies, the other usually sells their home and goes to live with their children. So it's quite common to have one grandparent living with you.
   Most children leave home when they get married. But there are some people who want to lead independent lives and they find a flat as soon as they start their first job, even before they get married. Of course, the main problem is that flats are so expensive to rent here, and we simply have to live with our parents.

Семейная жизнь

   Насколько вы близки с родственниками?
   Мы обычно навещаем друг друга по крайней мере один раз в месяц, возможно чаще. Если у нас нет никаких экстренных дел, в воскресенье мы обедаем вместе. Мы живем в Туле, но всегда приезжаем в Москву, где живут мои мать и отец. Это не так далеко.
   Обычно бабушка и мои дядя с тетей также приезжают туда — мы большая семья! Иногда заезжает мой брат с подругой — они живут поблизости. Мы обедаем в течении четырех часов, потому что тратим много времени на беседу.
   Мы никого не называем главой семьи, хотя совет и мнение моего отца очень важны во всех решениях, которые мы принимаем. Мой дядя Вова старше отца, таким образом, я предполагаю, что он — настоящий глава семьи.
   Когда мой дедушка был жив, ему нравилось думать, что целая семья сплотилась вокруг него, но сейчас все по-другому. Но когда мы встречаемся, пытаемся обсуждать все вместе.
   В большинстве семей в одном доме живут мать, отец и дети — до того, как они поженятся. Но когда кто-то из стариков умирает, другой обычно продает дом или квартиру и переезжает к детям. Таким образом, в порядке вещей иметь только одного родителя, живущего с вами.
   Большинство детей уезжает из дома, когда они женятся. Но есть люди, которые хотят быть независимыми, и они ищут квартиру, как только находят свою первую работу, даже до женитьбы или замужества. Конечно, главная проблема состоит в том, что арендовать квартиры дорого, и нам больше ничего другого не остается, кроме, как жить с нашими родителями.

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