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.
Here's an info-graphic that we created, which allows you to examine your generation and see where you're grouped within the modern workplace. Which generation do you belong to?
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Have you ever heard of the micro-generation 'xennial?' It's a fairly new term but it's making waves for those of us born between 1977 and 1983 that never quite felt like we fit in with the generation before us or after us.
Generation - a group of individuals born and living within a specific span of years
Workplace Benefits - various types of optional, non-wage compensation provided to employees in addition to their normal wages or salaries (medical, dental, life insurance, retirement plans, etc.)
Corporate - relating to a large company or group
Well Being - the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy
Adaptable - Able to adjust to new conditions
Dependable - trustworthy and reliable
Work/Life Balance - the division of one's time and focus between working and family or leisure activities
Tech Savvy - well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology, especially computers
Image Conscious - concerned about the general impression that one presents to other people
Mentor - a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust
Mentoring Platform (or program) - a system put in place by the employer, which promotes mentor ship (the guidance provided by a mentor)
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1. expressing lack of interest or enthusiasm; boring
"Meh, I'm not impressed with this restaurant so far.
"A lot of his movies are…meh."
2. unenthusiastic; uninterested
"My friend was kind of meh on our lunch date yesterday. She was barely talking and constantly checking her phone.
1) another way to say excited.
I just booked a weekend trip to Prague. I've always wanted
to go. I'm gassed!
2) To be overly confident; arrogant
Mark is totally gassed. He always talks about his
huge muscles and how hard he works out.
DAT / DOE:
DAT: Used at the beginning of this type of expression; means THAT.
DOE: Used at the end this type of expression, means THOUGH.
This expression (dat + noun + doe) is used to add (positive or negative) emphasis on something.
If I love a certain hairstyle, I could say: "Dat hair, doe."
if I dislike a certain hairstyle, I could still say: "Dat hair, doe."
To be sneaky; able to trick, steal or scam right in front of someone without them noticing.
I can't believe you bought that car! The salesman totally finessed you with a crazy high interest rate!
When all communication from the person you are dating suddenly stops, with no explanation as to why you have been dumped.
My friend was dating this guy, and he totally ghosted her. What an ass!
When a 'ghoster' (see above) suddenly resumes communication after a long period of not communicating, like a zombie back from the dead.
I can't believe he's zombieing her! She hasn't heard from him for ages. He totally ghosted her, and now he wants to meet up?! I don't think she'll go back to him.
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Have a TREMENDOUS weekend, everyone! 😎
In English, tremendous is a very good thing or something very great in amount/size/degree.
Last week, I was describing our new puppy's bad behaviour to someone (in Italian) and they said (in Italian) "Oh no! He's tremendous!" I learned that tremendous isn't used the same way in English vs. Italian.
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How is 'tremendous' used in your language? Is it similar to the English meanings, or can it be used in a negative context like one of the ways it's used in Italian?
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