Do you like to get pampered at the spa? Are you nervous about booking an appointment in English? If you read on, I can help you overcome your fear by teaching you the vocabulary for some of the most popular spa treatments and some quick tips on how to book an appointment for these treatments.
First, I'd like to teach you the vocabulary for some of the more typical spa treatments.
Have a look below.
Manicure (commonly called: mani) - a cosmetic treatment of the hands involving shaping and sometimes painting of the nails, removal of the cuticles, and softening of the skin.
Pedicure (commonly called: pedi) - a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, often involving various, additional options such as a paraffin wax treatment (which softens the feet), polish or a salt scrub.
Massage - the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain.
Facial - a beauty treatment for the face
Body scrub - a type of beauty treatment in which the skin is cleansed and exfoliated, much like a facial but for your body.
Aromatherapy - the practice of using the natural oils/essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. Aromatherapy can be applied in many different spa treatments.
There are so many different types of spa treatments available these days - check out this list of bizarre, unique and...interesting treatments.
I'll soon prepare a more detailed lesson on booking and scheduling appointments, but for now, let's take a quick look at the different examples I used above, plus some extras. These examples are polite, cordial and acceptable when booking any type of appointment and cordial.
There's no need to feel nervous! I promise. Just try to relax - after all, that's why you're going to the spa right? To relax! Practice out-loud to yourself or a friend (or even a pet!), first. You'll feel so proud of yourself after you book your own appointment.
in-person and/or telephone requests
telephone request only
Have you ever been to an English-speaking spa? Did you get the service you'd hoped for? What kind of treatment did you have? Be sure to comment below and join the conversation.
In today's lesson, we're going to look at different ways native English speakers talk about pregnancy. We have a lot of fun ways to talk about and announce a pregnancy. Some of them are a little OTT (over the top) and some are so clever - just look up Pinterest pregnancy announcements for some examples. The word pregnant is still the most used word, but let's look at some other commonly used, more fun words and expressions - and of course, how to use them.
Please note: when talking about pregnancy, it's common to use the word WE as a way to say 'my partner and I.'
WE = a woman and her partner (husband, boyfriend, spouse, life partner, etc.)
pregnant - to have a baby developing in the uterus
expecting (a baby) - to be pregnant; can be used with or without the words 'a baby.'
having a baby - to be pregnant
have a baby on the way - to be pregnant
preggo - pregnant (also spelled: prego) I've often seen this word in online forums.
preggers - a cute way to say pregnant
(to be) eating for two - to be pregnant - eating foods for you and for your unborn child
(to have) a bun in the oven - Pregnant. Bun = baby, Oven = womb
(to have) a pea in the pod - Pregnant. Pea = baby, Pod = womb
(to have) a joey in the pouch- Pregnant. Joey = baby, Pouch= womb
swallowed a watermelon seed - a fun way to refer to pregnancy
(to get) knocked up (vulgar) - to become pregnant, usually unplanned
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In this post, we're going to look at different ways women talk about Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Although this isn't a typical subject for an English teacher to prepare a lesson about, the truth is all of us women experience a monthly visit from our period and our symptoms begin before its arrival.
If you're not comfortable with this subject please look away because we're going to get real. We're going to look at all things period-related, including alternative names that native speakers use for these symptoms and occurrences. We're going to use a little humour as well, so hold on to your panties, ladies!
Period - a flow of blood and other material from the lining of the uterus occurring monthly in sexually mature women who are not pregnant, lasting for about a week. medical name: menstruation
PMS - premenstrual Syndrome: the physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman's period arrives
Cramps - a tightening of the muscles of the uterus. medical name: dysmenorrhea; a symptom of PMS
Bloated - to feel an uncomfortable 'heaviness' in your abdomen; water retention - a symptom of PMS
Sore/Tender breasts - when the glands in your breasts produce extra estrogen and it causes pain and tenderness; a symptom of PMS
Feminine Products - a variety of different products, used to absorb menstruation
(to be) PMS-ing - To feel the symptoms of PMS.
Bitchy (vulgar) - to feel aggravated, angry, frustrated, annoyed. To be in a negative mood; it can be a symptom of PMS - or it can be for other reasons ;)
Aunt Flow - A funny expression to refer to your period.
Monthly Visitor - An expression that refers to your period.
That time of the month - another way to say that you are on your period.
Riding the cotton pony (vulgar) - a more vulgar way to say that you are on your period.
Would you like to see more lessons like this one? If you have any vocabulary questions, be sure to comment below!
About Your English Coach
Alannah is a CELTA certified English language teacher from Canada who lives in Italy with her wonderful husband. She's been teaching English for 11 years and has taught many different nationalities in both Canada and Italy.