Practice English Speaking&Listening with: STOP talking like a baby!

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My name's Wonnie.

What's your name?


My name's Ro-...

What are you?

My name's Ronnie.

What's going on?

I'm going to teach you something today that is very, very important, especially for the ladies.

Sometimes I know you try and be very cute.


But there comes a point where you have to stop trying to be cute and actually act like

a proper woman, whatever that means.

It's up to your interpretation.

So I'm going to teach you about what's called "Baby Talk".

So, baby talk is what I was just doing to you in the camera.

It has to do with your facial expression-your eyes are bigger, you're smiley-and your intonation,

as well as the vocabulary you lose... Use.

So, when it is very, very good and fun and acceptable to use baby talk is if you are

talking to a baby, yes.

Children, not so much.

There comes a point where your precious baby will become a child, and you need to actually

start to speak to them like a normal person.

Not like a dragon, but like a normal person.

They grow out of baby talk.

Also-I do this-we talk to our pets like they're babies.

Oh, doggy want a boney?

Hello, kitty-cat, what's going on?

And the cat's like: "Ah, this is great."

Dogs and cats probably think we're a little crazy, too, and they're like: "What?

No, but I'm cute though."


"Give me the bone. Yeah, I'm cute. Give me the bone."

So, if you're talking to a baby or a young child, or a pet - cool.

Also, if you're talking to your partner, not in class, but your partner, so your boyfriend,

your girlfriend, your husband, your wife, your other boyfriend, okay

- you will-I do-use baby talk.

This makes us seem cute.


But we don't want to seem cute at a job interview.

We don't want to go: "Hi. I'm Ronnie-wonnie. How are you today? He-he-he."

You're not going to get the job, and people might think you're a little strange.

So baby talk is good for three people, three situations.

Other than that, don't use it.

You probably know some words that are baby talk or the intonation, but maybe there are

some words that will surprise you.

The number one are...

One and two or the top ones are "mommy" and "daddy".

So, I hear a lot of grown men say: "My mommy works in the mall."

And girls say: "My... My daddy gave me a horse."

Okay, maybe your daddy did give you a horse, but please, ladies and gentlemen who are adults:

"mommy" and "daddy" are children's words.

If a grown man says: "I love my mommy", we're going to think some strange things are happening

with you and your mommy.

As well, ladies, if you say: "My daddy is coming to see me tomorrow night",

we're getting the wrong idea of what you're doing with your parents.

So: "mommy" and "daddy" are only for children.

What you're going to say is...

Do you know?

"Mom, mom, dad", good.

We shorten this to: "mom".

If you're learning English in the UK, they spell it: "mum", but they spell it with a "u".

And "dad"...

Sorry. "Daddy" becomes "dad".

This is casually how we talk about our mom and dad.

More formal...

Again, this is baby talk.

More formal we can say: "mother" and "father".

So, it doesn't really matter which one you use, "dad" or "father", "mom" or "mother",

just please don't say "mommy" and "daddy".

It makes you sound like you're a little princess or that you have a very strange relationship

with your mother and father.

Yeah, not too good.

So, "father" is formal and so is "mother".

All right. When I first started the video, I said: "My name is Wonnie."

Well, that's not my name.

My name's Ronnie, but children have a hard time pronunci-...

[Laughs] Pronunciating, like me.

They have a hard time saying certain letters.

For example, "r".

Do you have a hard time saying "r" as well?

Cool. See? You're learning.

"R" is very difficult for babies to say, so don't feel bad.

They're learning how to get the "r" out.

So, instead of saying "r", they're going to say "w".

So, you will hear in TV shows, when people say:

"Aw, you're just a widdle boy".

"Widdle" is a replacement for "l" in this case or "little".

So, we would say: "little", but they say: "widdle".

"Oh, just a widdle boy."

If you can't say the "r", it might sound like: "riddle", but you say: "widdle".

I used to do this, when I was a child I could not say "r", so I said "d", I said: "budder".

I called my brother: "my budder".

Now, "butter" in the pronunciation that you have here sounds like the delicious spread

you put on toast and vegetables.

So I would say: "Where's my butter?"

Butter is delicious, so maybe I just really wanted butter, my parents got confused.

Probably that's what happened.

So, you'll also notice that in English pronunciation, in American and Canadian pronunciation at least,

if it's a "t" sound we usually sound it like a "d".

So, in Canada and America we don't say: "butter", we say: "budder".

And we don't say: "little", we say: "liddle".

That'll be another lesson, though.

We'll get back to that.

So, how do we make baby talk?

How do we make baby words?

We have two ways to do it.

One of them is we double the sounds.

So: "poo" is...

Oh, I'm very good at drawing poo.

Maybe you say: "number two".

You can call it also "shit" in slang.

So, as an adult if you wanted to, you could say: "shit", some people get mad at that word.

You can say: "number two", or you can say: "poo".

But for children, we double it, we say: "poo-poo".

So you will hear maybe parents saying to the baby: "Do you have to go poo-poo?

Do you have to...?

Did you make a poo-poo in your...?"

The baby's probably like: "I just shat myself, mom.

Can you change my diapers, please?"

Also we have: "pee-pee".

Okay? Pee-pee is urine.

So you can say: "Oh, excuse me. I have to pee."

Very slang.

"I have to use the toilet."

Or we say "number one".

So to make this an adult word, we just take off the second word.

One of my favourites, always makes me giggle is "bum-bum".

I think when I was a kid my mom said "bum-bum" a lot.

I know she said "bumbaleerie", which is even too funny for me to say.

"Bum-bum" is the ass.

It's your ass.

It's... I don't even know another polite way to say it.

You can say: "bum", but for children we say: "bum-bum" and it's funny.

In slang, we say: "ass".

So you can say to someone: "Hey.

Nice bum-bum."

And they're like: "Thank you." Okay?

Don't be rude.

Be cute.

Then we have a boy part and we have the girl part.

So we for some reason do not want to tell children that they have a penis.

We call it a "wee-wee".


So you might hear someone say...

A little boy might say: "I went pee-pee with my wee-wee."

And you're like: "That's cool, kid. Awesome."

I just took a piss.

And then the girl part, the vagina, of course we could not tell the children it's a vagina,

some people might call a "woo-woo".


Not too sure where the "woo" came in, but I've also seen things on the internet where

they are called minis,

like Minnie Mouse.

Very strange things that I've seen on the internet

about words...

For the lesson.

I was researching about the lesson about what words we use for children for vaginas, I promise,

and I'm making a video about it.

We also have this expression...

We have expressions that we use.

We say: "Oopsie daisy!

Oopsie daisy!"

So if you have a child and your child falls over or you drop something, and you don't

want to say: "Shit", people will say: "Oopsie daisy."

As we get older, we just say: "Shit" or "Oops".

So, if you want to be not as slang as Ronnie is, you can just say: "Oops".

"Oopsie daisy" is very childish.

So when we talk about this, we don't want to seem like a child.

We want to seem like mature adults.

Seem like, yeah.


"Jammies", oo, I like this word.

Put on your jammy-jammies.

Jammies are the baby or the childish word for PJs.

Now, you might say: "I don't get it, Ronnie, what are PJs?"

What do you think PJs, p-jammies, pajamas.

Woohoo. So, the clothes that we wear at nighttime to go to bed, we call them...

For children we call them jammies.

In short form we call them "PJs" and the long word is "pajamas".

When you jump into your beddy-bye with your jammies, you are going to beddy-bye.

So, "beddy-bye" is your bed or it's bedtime.

And the other way that we make words are we simply add a "y" to some existing words.

So, you've got your jammies on, you're in your beddy-byes, and you need your blankey.

"Blankey" is the child's word for blanket.

You might see children with a blankey, and it's their security blanket, but they call

it "blankey" or "baba" sometimes.

Depends on the age of the child.

Children really like animals, but they can't...

I guess they just can't say "horse", so they say: "horsey" or "doggy".

Now, we say this sometimes.

We say: "kitty" or they say "kitty", and they say "ducky".

So maybe you're...

Someone you know has a rubber ducky-quack, quack-and there's a song about a duck.

It's amazing.

Can you quack?

Can you quack like a duck?

So, the way that we make the words cute is we add a "y" to them.

We usually use it with animals, I don't know why.

So, very important to understand that it's okay to use these childish words,

but you have to know when to use them, talking to children, talking to dogs or animals.

"Hey, look at the doggy."

The dog's like: "That's a duck." Okay?

And if you're speaking to your partner.

It's cool.

Please be careful, don't use them in job interviews, don't use them when you first meet people

because you will seem very childish and that's not cool.


Beddy-byes for Wonnie.


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