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.
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Do you have a case of the Monday blues? Are you feeling sleepy? Do you want to expand your everyday vocabulary? In this post, we'll teach you seven alternatives you can use to say 'I'm tired' in any situation. These expressions are safe to use in any setting; at work or socially.
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8 Business Phrasal Verbs
Call Back (or call someone back)
Return a missed phone call.
To draw up something (or draw something up)
to prepare a document or plan.
when a business arrangement or deal doesn’t happen or is cancelled.
to be successful or advance your career
to make a tentative appointment for something (like a meeting).
to relay the information that someone has requested; often to your supervisor, manager or boss.
to agree to do something, or to take part in something, by signing your name.
to remain in a place when most other people have left.
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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.