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Baby TalkBabies are special little people that have vocabulary special to them. In this episode, we look at vocabulary for before the baby gets here, when the mother is in labour, and after the baby is born and starts to grow. Do you know what a onesie is? Are you afraid of the terrible twos?

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Harp: You know something funny that I saw one day in the winter last year, I saw a woman with a stroller and it had skis on it.
Maura: I saw that too.
Harp: Yeah, because we have so much snow in the winter that if you have wheels on a stroller, you’re gonna be stuck. So she had skis and she was just floating along, on top of the snow.
Maura: I thought that was so awesome when I saw that.
Harp: Genius!
Maura: Yes, and definitely necessary on the streets in Canada.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

Coochie choochie coo and goo goog ga ga A baby shower
A coworker A crib
A stroller A due date
A natural delivery An epidural
A water birth A midwife
to give birth nursery
how to refer to an unborn baby – him, her, or it Genius!
A sleeper or a onesie Booties
Baby’s first words Cutesy
The terrible twos A toddler
To throw a tantrum Max.

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Suedehead

Posted in Chatterbox


  1.' Israel Altamira says:

    hi guys!
    I was listening this podcast, and also reading at same time the lecture you give me, and i saw a paragraph where i think it not say the same you did, please read
    “Maura: Right, so more and more women are choosing to give birth without, like you said, Harp, a lot of the drugs and other things that they use to help the pain
    go away. Some women actually give birth in bathtubs.” (page 4)
    but when i was listening was like “…a lot of the drugs and other things IS that they use to help the pain…” (note the IS word)
    I was thinking that i’m really learning to pronounce as well as you do, and if the lecture have exactly the same that podcast, will be easiest to record in my mind a lot of details that usually we don’t know when we go to learn at school, (this is better than just read/write)
    So, thank you a lot!!! i really enjoy your work!
    warm regards :)

  2. Maura says:

    Thanks for your inquiry.

    I can tell you that Harp and I listened to the part in the text that you mentioned and the text does match the audio. We listened to it a couple times just to be sure. Our friend Yoshi, who works at Culips with us and has learned English as a second language, agreed too.

    But you never know, sometimes we might make a mistake so let us know anytime you are not sure. :)


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