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Baby Talk – U.S. Culture & English Vocabulary – Choo choo, kitty, and more!

Fellow YouTuber and English teacher Rachel of Rachel’s English has just become the proud mother of a healthy baby boy. I’d like to congratulate Rachel (and husband!) and send my good wishes for their son’s future. May it be a happy and bright one. This lesson about baby talk is in your honor, Rachel. Grown-ups tend to use baby talk with very small children because it sounds cute and perhaps sometimes these simple words are easier for young children to understand and eventually say. You certainly don’t have to use baby talk, but you may hear it in books, films, conversation… So I’d like to help you understand it. I’ll go over a dozen or so words. My daughter will be helping me. And my daughter, by the way, was just a baby when I first started on YouTube. I’m going to say the baby word. You say the grown-up word. This is the horsey. Horsey. Horse. What else do we have? Froggy. Frog. Kitty. Cat. Anything else? Yeah. Don’t you see? I do see. I see a teddy. Bear or teddy bear. …Yeah. Teddy bear. We say, “Teddy!” Here’s a baby with a binky. Pacifier. Oh, look! The baby’s wearing his jammies. Do you know what jammies are? I never used that word with you guys. Ah…they’re pajamas. Pajamas. PJs. Yeah. Some people say ‘jammies.’ Oh! Both of you guys used this one. Blankie. Blanket. Yeah. I like this blanket. Oh. Birdie! Bird. Choo choo. Train. Doggy. Dog. Bunny. Rabbit. Yeah. We say ‘bunny’…’bunny rabbit.’ Is that really a baby toy? – “Clubby!” (made-up word) Well, if you took a toy like this and hit your finger, I’d have an ouchie or a boo boo. And I’d say to a child, “Do you have a boo boo?” What am I asking? Did you hurt yourself, little one? Tummy. Stomach. So if she has a tummyache? Stomachache. Ooh…she cries. I’ll pat her on the back. This is her bum bum. Her keister. – We don’t say ‘keister’! We say ‘bum.’ …’Butt’ is not so nice. ‘Bum.’ – It’s a butt! ‘Butt’ is not as polite. We also say ‘you bottom’…’your bum.’ But with little kids, we say ‘bum bum.’ Or ‘keister.’ – That’s not appropriate. That’s from a movie. You heard that from a movie. Oh. I got one. Look. We’ll get the blankie. We’ll wrap him up. And he’s going to go beddy-bye. What’s beddy-bye? Just ‘going to bed.’ Going to bed. Go beddy-bye. Wakey-wakey. Um wake up. – Wake up. Yeah. Oh. The baby might say, “Mommy! Daddy!” Mom and Dad. Now if the baby does something that could be dangerous, I might say, “No, no, no!” Which is simply…? Just ‘be careful.’ That’s definitely… Those are words I’d say. To Rachel and all new mothers I say, “Good luck! And enjoy these precious first few years.” That’s all for now. Thanks for watching, everyone, and happy studies! Please visit my website and you’ll find lots of resources, including a quiz for this lesson. I have over 100 free interactive exercises. Click to view my list of recommended resources. Be sure to click and see my current teaching schedule.

34 Replies to “Baby Talk – U.S. Culture & English Vocabulary – Choo choo, kitty, and more!”

  • I loved this video!! It addresses a topic I would have never thought of, yet baby talk is widely used. Your daughter is very funny!

  • Thanks for an amazing video, Jennifer. Soon I'd like to start teaching my baby English and it's gonna be very useful. Maybe, if you ever have time, you could make a video on animals' sounds. (for examaple, what does the horsey say?)

  • Jennifer you're so thoughtful I'm sure that Rachel will like it too, those words were so cute , thanks for the video!

  • hi jennifer the lesson was great but im not married yet just was interested to hear about baby language .I want to ask you a question if you have any info about this answer please.I want here in Turkey study for the man nursing but until then Ill improve my english and if I can I will study it in english,nursing.Is that ok in usa if a man become a nurse.I dont know where do you live but if you from Los Angeles can you give some info about University of California nursing education.If I graduate in english here in turkey nursing should I studying it again when I will go to usa.?

  • It maybe not the right place to ask but if I want to study in usa at any university should I know english like native language?

  • Mam,
    I also congrats Rechel She is also a great teacher, My good Blessings & wishes are always with you and her. As I commented earlier you can teach any kind of children.
    You were teaching fast speech for advanced learners & today baby speech for baby.
    No doubt your action speaks louder than your words.
    …………. Really You are a Great teacher,mother and friend e.t.c. " Women have both gentleness and strength. Indian scriptures place tremendous amount of power in women. The primordial energy known which is the life force behind entire creation is feminine. That is why our scriptures honour women as the highest aspect of divinity"

    That's why Everyone Must Respect Women…….
    Have a Great Day………………

  • Hola Jennifer. Desde buenos aires. Me encantan los videos que haces con o para Rachel porque ustedes dos son mis profesores favoritos de la web. 😁


  • hello teacher in words ending in ing preceded the consonant g is not pronounced . eg singing , .singer the medium g is not pronounced

  • Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for all your great work!
    I wanted to post a comment on another video of yours but the comment section is disabled.. So I hope you wouldn't mind if I put it here.
    It's about the "R".
    From your videos, I understand that you don't distinguish ɚ and consonant r by the roundness of lips. Because of this, when an r is between a stressed and unstressed syllable, such as in very, horror, terrify, etc. even though the r belongs to the stressed syllable as ɚ, these words sound like that an imaginary consonant r is inserted after the ɚ.
    However, the native speakers do lax their lips a bit to form a looser circle when the r is at the end of a word as an ɚ. If that is true, then it will also change the way to pronounce words like very, horror, etc. compared with the way you elaborate in your video.
    This has been bugging me for a while. Any advice would be certainly highly appreciated. Thanks!

    Best regards,

  • "A pacifier"! What a nice word! It exactly says what it makes!You girl is very nice! Thank you to her for her help and thank you to you for all your good ideas in your videos.

  • Nice video!!! One day, when my wife was pregnant an English teacher told me I should use English to communicate with the baby…I said no….I could not treat/use fondly words in English to talk to her (my daughter). With this video I learned some…most of the things you just add "y" to them….ok…for sure I will never speak to a baby using English…haha…see you!

  • Hello, Jennifer! What a cute video! Could you please make other like that? But in this new one, please, tell us about how to speak about the baby's chubby folds, and how we can speak about the will that we have to squeeze them… lol… I hope you can understand I mean, because I don't know almost anything about this vocabulary… Regards from Brazil!

  • Hi Jennifer, thanks for that video, I've been looking for something like that. I'm a native Russian speaker living in Germany and talking to my kid in English only from his birth! It was a bit challenging to find proper words, although I consider myself fluent… Could you recomend any other sourses where I can learn more baby words and frases I should use with my son? Thanks a lot in advance!

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