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Meine Familie: Free German Essays on Family

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Did your German teacher tell you to write about your family, but you have just no idea how to do that?

Well, you are lucky because you have me! I am a German native and happy to help you.

I have written some example essays about families for you. I have seen many children at school struggling to write in proper German. Here is your chance to make it better and to impress your teacher. Whether you need to copy some sentences or use my examples as an inspiration, it is your choice.

The examples that I'll show you below are structured as follows: First, you find an example of a short essay in German. It shows you how you can describe your own family. Since every family is different, I wrote some more examples for you to choose from. After the German part follows a part in italics where I tell you in English what the German text is about. After the examples of short essays, you will find a list of key German words and conjugated verbs that I provided for you so that you do not have to look them up in a dictionary. My aim is to provide a time-effective aid for your German homework.

Any questions about the texts? Just ask! And please excuse any mistakes in my English, as I am still learning too.


Example One: The Average Family

Do you live with your Mum, Dad, and with your brother or sister? Then use this text to describe your family in your German essay:

"Wir sind eine ganz normale Familie. Ich wohne zusammen mit meinen Eltern, meiner kleinen Schwester Lisa und unserer Katze Mick. Meine Großeltern wohnen im gleichen Dorf wie wir. Oma Francis arbeitet noch. Sie ist Krankenschwester. Die Anderen sind schon in Rente. Oma Lydia nimmt sich viel Zeit für mich und geht häufig mit mir Kleider oder Schuhe kaufen. Leider will meine kleine Schwester dann auch immer mit. Mein Vater arbeitet bei einer Bank und fährt am Wochenende gern mit seinem Motorrad. Das findet meine Mutter nicht so gut, da sie meint, dass Motorradfahren so gefährlich ist. Sie sagt, dass ich und meine Schwester auf keinen Fall mitfahren dürfen. Mein Vater versteht das nicht, aber er will sich auch nicht streiten. Nächstes Jahr wollen wir in ein größeres Haus ziehen, weil meine Eltern noch ein Baby bekommen. Ich hoffe, dass wir nicht zu weit weg ziehen, da alle meine Freunde hier in der Nähe wohnen. Meine Tante Clara, die Schwester meiner Mutter, wohnt sogar genau gegenüber. Meine Cousine Barbara kommt deshalb häufig zu Besuch."

Here is what the text is about (this is not a one-to-one translation!):

"We are a very normal family. I live with my parents, my little sister, and our cat Mick. My grandparents live in the same village where we live. Grandma Francis still works. She is a nurse. The others are already retired. Grandma Lydia spends a lot of time with me, and we often go shopping together to look for clothes or shoes. Unfortunately, my little sister wants to come with us as well. My father works in a bank and likes to ride his motorbike on the weekend. My mother does not like that because she thinks it is very dangerous. She says we are never allowed to ride with him on the bike. My father doesn't understand why, but he doesn't want to argue with her. Next year, we are going to move into a bigger house because my parents will have another baby. I hope we are not moving too far because all of my friends are here. My aunt Clara even lives opposite us. Therefore, my cousin Barbara often visits us."

Listen to Me Read Example One

Conjugated Verbs

Conjugated German VerbThe InfinitiveEnglish Equivalent

(wir) sind


to be

(ich) wohne


to live

(er, sie, es) wohnt


to live

(er, sie, es) nimmt


to take

(er, sie, es) kauft


to buy

(er, sie, es) arbeitet


to work

(er, sie, es) will


to want

(er, sie, es) fährt


to drive (or here: to ride a (bike))

(er, sie, es) findet


to find (here better: to like)

(er, sie, es) meint


to think (to have an opinion)

(er, sie, es) sagt


to say

(er, sie, es) versteht


to understand

(ich) hoffe


to hope

(er, sie, es) kommt


to come

Example Two: A Big Family

If you have a big family, this example may help you with your German essay:

"Meine Familie ist sehr groß. Ich habe zwei Schwestern, einen Bruder, drei Tanten, einen Onkel und sechs Cousins. Meine große Schwester hat lange blonde Haare und heißt Laura und eine kleine Schwester heißt Miranda und ist dunkelhaarig. Mein Bruder heißt Fred und trägt eine Brille. Ich verstehe mich gut mit meiner kleinen Schwester und meinem Bruder. Mit meiner großen Schwester streite ich mich oft um den Computer. Mein Vater arbeitet zwar viel, aber am Wochenende hilft er uns immer bei den Hausaufgaben. Meine Mutter backt gerne Torten. Ihre Schokotorten mag ich besonders gerne. In den Ferien besuchen wir häufig meine Großeltern, da sie leider so weit entfernt wohnen. Meine anderen Großeltern, die Eltern meiner Mutter wohnen eine Straße weiter. Das finde ich schön, da wir uns oft sehen können. Außerdem haben sie eine süße Perserkatze, mit der ich immer spiele. Wenn uns meine Cousins besuchen kommen, unternehmen wir meist etwas Besonderes. Letztes Wochenende waren wir alle zusammen im Zoo. Das war lustig, da mein Cousin Ben Angst vor Schlangen hatte. Ich mag meine Familie!"

Now, the same story in English:

"My family is very big. I have got two sisters, one brother, three aunts, one uncle, and six cousins. My older sister has long blond hair, and her name is Laura. My little sister is called Miranda and has dark hair. My brother's name is Fred and he wears glasses. I get along well with my little sister and my brother. But I argue a lot with my older sister about the computer. Although my father works a lot, he always helps us with homework on the weekend. My mother likes to bake cakes. I especially like her chocolate cake. During the holidays, we often visit my grandparents because they live so far from us. My other grandparents, the parents of my mother, live on the street next to ours. I like that because that way we can see each other a lot. In addition to that, they have a cute Persian cat I always play with. When my cousins visit us, we always do something special together. Last weekend, we went to the zoo together. That was fun because my cousin Ben was afraid of the snake. I like my family!"

My Audio Version of "A Big Family"


Example Three: A Small Family

If you are living with only one parent, check out this text:

"Meine Familie ist sehr klein. Ich lebe zusammen mit meiner Mutter und meinem Bruder. Tanten oder Onkel habe ich nicht. Meinen Vater sehe ich nur in den Sommerferien, da er weit weg wohnt. Meine Oma wohnt gleich nebenan. Sie kūmmert sich nachmittags um mich und meinen Bruder, wenn meine Mutter arbeiten muss. Meine Oma ist schon in Rente. Sie hat frūher mal bei der Post gearbeitet. Mein Opa und meine anderen Großeltern sind leider schon gestorben. Mein Bruder heißt Patrick und ist sehr gut in der Schule. Er ist sehr groß und schlank und hat blonde Locken. Meine Freundin findet ihn sūß. Das verstehe ich gar nicht. Ich mag es aber nicht, wenn er laut Musik hört und es gerade meine Lieblingssendung im Fernsehen gibt. Dafūr geht er immer mit unserem Hund Gassi, so dass ich das nicht tun muss. Ich wūnschte, ich hätte noch eine Schwester, die mir helfen könnte, meine Haare zu frisieren, oder mit der ich die Kleider tauschen könnte. Ich hoffe nur, dass meine Mutter nicht noch mal heiratet."

In English:

"My family is very small. I live with my mother and my brother. I have no aunts or uncles. I only see my father during the summer holiday because he lives far away. My grandma lives next door. She looks after me and my brother when my mother has to work. My grandma is already retired. She used to work at a post office. My grandpa and my other grandparents are already dead. My brother's name is Patrick, and he is doing very well at school. He is very tall and slim, and has curly blond hair. My friend thinks he is cute. I cannot understand that at all. But I do not like it when he listens to loud music when my favorite tv show is on. On the other hand, he always walks the dog so that I don't need to do that. I wish I had a sister who would help me style my hair or who I could swap clothes with. I do hope that my mother is not going to marry again."

The Audio Version of the Essay "A Small Family"

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Example Four: Living With Grandparents

Do you live with your grandparents? Then check out this example if it suits you:

"Ich wohne bei meinen Großeltern, da meine Eltern gestorben sind, als ich noch ein Baby war. Wir wohnen in einem großen Haus, und ich habe ein riesiges Zimmer mit meinem eigenen Balkon. Im Sommer mache ich dort immer meine Hausaufgaben. Meine Großeltern sind ganz lieb zu mir. Mein Opa hilft mir immer, mein Fahrrad zu reparieren und meine Oma lädt meine Freunde oft zum Essen ein. Ich habe auch noch einen Onkel, der manchmal am Wochenende vorbeikommt und Architekt ist. Momentan arbeitet er jedoch in Japan für drei Monate. Wir passen solange auf seinen Hund auf, und er hat mir versprochen, mir eine Überraschung aus Japan mitzubringen. Eine Frau hat mein Onkel nicht. Meine Oma sagt immer, er sei mit seiner Arbeit verheiratet. Dann gibt es noch Tante Miriam, die eigentlich keine richtige Tante ist, sondern die beste Freundin meiner Oma. Die beiden kennen sich aber schon so lange, dass sie inzwischen auch zur Familie gehört. Tante Miriam hat viele Enkelkinder und manchmal treffen wir uns alle zusammen im Park. Dann machen wir ein großes Picknick und haben ganz viel Spaß."

And here is what the text is about (remember, this isn't a one-to-one translation):

"I live with my grandparents because my parents died when I was a baby. We live in a big house, and I have a huge room with my own balcony. In the summertime, I do my homework there. My grandparents are very nice to me. My grandpa always helps me repair my bike, and my grandma often invites my friends for dinner. I also have an uncle who comes around for the weekend from time to time, and he is an architect. At the moment, he is working in Japan for three months, and we are looking after his dog. But he promised me to bring a surprise back from Japan. My uncle has no wife. My grandma always says he is married to his job. Then there is aunt Miriam who is not a real aunt actually but the best friend of my grandma. Since they have known each other for such a long time, she became a member of our family. Aunt Miriam has lots of grandchildren, and sometimes we all meet in the park. Then we have a great picnic and much fun!"

My Audio Version of the Essay "Living with Grandparents"

The Key Words of All the German Essays Above


der Vater


die Mutter


die Schwester


der Bruder


der Onkel


die Katze


der Hund


die Tante


die Cousine

cousin (female)

der Cousin

cousin (male)

die Großeltern


die Großmutter


der Großvater



next door

weit weg

far away

die Sommerferien

summer holidays

das Zimmer


der Balkon


die Haare












die Brille






Gassi gehen

to walk the dog





in Rente



Joe on May 13, 2020:

i would like to know if it's contained from nominative or akkusative and the preposition i mean i you'll be thankful if you tell me this things

WillyWonka on December 01, 2019:

"Ich liebe meine Familie sehr?"

why don't you add that?


bongawonga (author) from UK on June 09, 2019:

Dear German learning community, I'm always looking for new helpful topics to write about. A few of you have made comments already that they would like me to write about future life plans and I can confirm that I am working on it at the moment. Sometimes it takes time to get some ideas to write about. If you want send me some English text about your future life plans, then I could feature the four most interesting ones in my next hub. The text needs to be about 200 words long. 20 words less or more would be OK.

Thank you for your help!

Ananya Garg on May 27, 2019:

Sehr interresant fur einen Deutsch lernen

Joseba on May 26, 2019:

This stuff is amazing, exactly what i was looking for.


Suhani on October 08, 2018:

The above mentioned essays are definitely superb I love this website and I am sure that these will help me with my German test

francis cabasal on September 28, 2018:

hi this really good, i wish you have something about an essay of vacation

Vishal on June 05, 2018:


jananee on April 17, 2018:


Janisa from Earth on March 16, 2018:

If only I had found this earlier....

Mic on December 11, 2017:

very helpful though I would recommend a working email address so that it is easier to approach you with key topics

MGoyal on September 18, 2017:

Thank you so very much Ms. Bongawonga. The efforts made by you are really appreciated.

aishwarya raghuvanshi on November 26, 2016:

Thnku very much sir... But plz send me article about university

Liana on July 12, 2016:

Thanks a lot.I found ir really useful:)

bongawonga (author) from UK on April 24, 2016:

Thank you Keziah and Nieshang! xx

nieshang on December 13, 2015:


Thank you for the materials.they are good for reading and helping me in leaning German language.

eve on October 18, 2015:

Hi,I need help in writing an essay about meine schule

Anna on May 15, 2015:

Thank you SO MUCH for this serie of little essays in german. It is very helpful for me: it helps me to prepare better my german lessons. I learn german with a german woman which had a problem to create or find a simple text to teach me the german basics and I couldn t find anything simple and helpful. Finally I found your blog here so thank you one more time. You ve done a really really goood work!!!!:)

Anonymous on April 08, 2015:

Really helpful, thanks for this, write more please

prasanna on April 06, 2015:

Thanks a lot.

Very helpful.

I'm gonna present this essay as it is in my exam.

Ravi on March 05, 2015:

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bongawonga (author) from UK on January 18, 2015:

Thank you neha kolhe! Which country are you from?

eliza on December 31, 2014:

thank you , was really helpful!!!

john on December 13, 2014:

Please can you write about arguments in the family?

Hey man on November 09, 2014:


ram on September 22, 2014:

sehr schön gemacht :)

Sarthak Batham on May 11, 2014:

it was awesome.i used your examples as inspiration.danke

Aysel on January 05, 2014:

thank you :)

bongawonga (author) from UK on August 17, 2013:

Thank you ratnaveera for your lovely comment! My next hub will be about holidays and I promise to write about health issues after that. I am glad to help :)

ratnaveera from Cumbum on August 16, 2013:

All the above four essays are simply superb! I hope this will help me a lot to improve my German writing. Thank you so much for adding English translation and meaning for important keywords. I am also interested on health and travel essays. If you write articles on those topics, it would be really helpful for me.