Baby Talk – U.S. Culture & English Vocabulary – Choo choo, kitty, and more!
August 7, 2019
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.