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Valentine's Day is often a time to tell people who are special to you that you love and care for them. In Australia many buy red roses, chocolates or gifts for their special someone. We asked people in Australia to share more about who is most important to them. Watch the video to learn how to talk about people you love and read on to learn some words you can use.

For many, 'family members' can be the most important people in their lives.

'Family members' are people we are related to in some way.

When talking about your family, you can provide more details on who is part of your family. You can list the members that 'make up' your family. These can include your parents, partner or children.

Your family can be 'special' or 'important' to you. This can mean that they mean a lot to you.

"My family is very important to me. My husband and my son are the other members of my family."

"My parents, who are back in Adelaide, are very special to me. So spending time with them when I get a chance is important to me."

"My husband and my two children make up my family. I couldn't leave them behind."

When you say you 'can't leave them behind', it can be a way of emphasising how much these people mean to you.

In this case, it can mean that you cannot live without them because they are so important to you.

It can also be a good idea to share why some people are so important to you.

For example, you can say your friends are important to you because they support you. You can also say that they are 'happy' and 'content'.

"My friends are there to support me all the time. That makes me feel happy and content."

If you say your grandparents mean a lot to you, you can explain why.

It could be because they raised you when you were young. When you say your grandparents have 'raised' you, it can mean they looked after you when you were young.

"My grandma is important to me because she raised me when I was little."

You may also find that people who 'encourage' you are important to you. When someone 'encourages' you, it can mean that they support you to keep trying and not give up.

"I love my grandpa because he always encourages me to do everything. He always wants me to achieve my goals."

'Little gestures' can refer to small acts to show someone you care. A little gesture like buying a friend some chocolates when they are having a bad day can make them feel special.

"Just showing you care is quite important I think. Just little gestures I think and little things every day that you can do and say to people to make them feel special."

You may also love places and things, and they can be very important to you. You may have a hobby that you love to pursue very much. For example, travelling. Or you may love certain foods.

"I am from Denmark and I'm visiting Sydney. I love Australia!"

"I love Indian food and I love Melbourne."

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