English Pronunciation In The Bathroom
Summary: English Pronunciation In The Bathroom
Before you can pronounce an English word correctly you need to listen to it being spoken by a native English speaker many times.
Adept English provides lots of listening lessons that help you repeatedly listen to English words being spoken at a learners pace by a native English speaker. The most important part of each lesson, the reason you will listen to the lesson more than once, is keeping you interested in the conversation. If the lesson is not interesting, it is hard to listen to it.
So Adept English have hundreds of podcast lessons each on a different topic, each designed to help you listen to an important part of learning how to speak the English language fluently. This podcast is part of the pronouncing English words correctly, and if you want to know more about pronunciation practice, you can pop over the other articles in this group here.
Audio Transcript: English Pronunciation In The Bathroom
Hi there. How about we do some practice with vocabulary and improve your English pronunciation at the same time today? What if you’re going on holiday in an English speaking country and you want to buy some things from the chemist? Or just as a useful vocabulary exercise, let’s go through some common words for things, products which you might use in the bathroom! This is something pretty universal, isn’t it?
In the UK, the main places where people buy these sorts of products, apart from the supermarket, would be Boots, also known as Boots the Chemist – there’s one of those in every town in the UK. And the other shop in the UK, which is similar is Superdrug. So whether you’re going on holiday, and you have to pack a bag, or whether you’re going to be staying in the UK or somewhere else, where it’s English speaking, hopefully this podcast will be useful for you because there may well be certain products that you need in your bathroom and you have to go out and be able to buy them. And understand what the words are for them.
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For Your Teeth
So how about English pronunciation and vocabulary about your teeth? Most people’s daily routine would include looking after their teeth. So the obvious vocabulary words here are your toothbrush, so that’s T-O-O-T-H-B-R-U-S-H. And what you’d also use to clean your teeth? Well, that’s toothpaste, T-O-O-T-H-P-A-S-T-E. So toothpaste, comes in a tube, T-U-B-E, which can be a difficult word to pronounce, if you’re going off the spelling that is. So there you are ‘tube’. So we’d also talk about a ‘tube of toothpaste’. So common brands of toothpaste might be Colgate, Sensodyne, Crest, Aquafresh. You know what I’m talking about. It’s possible that you might have an electric toothbrush – so that’s what that you have and what you charge up in the wall. It will have ‘a charger’, so that you can do that. And the other type of toothbrush – you might call that a ‘manual’ or an ‘ordinary’ toothbrush.
If you visit the dentist regularly, you’ll be told by your dentist that ‘brushing alone is not enough’. So in the UK, you might get sent to the ‘dental hygienist’, if you’re seen as not cleaning your teeth well enough. And the dental hygienist will tell you that you must floss – so that’s a verb ‘to floss’, F-L-O-S-S. And you must use mouth wash. So ‘to floss’ first of all. That sounds like a word for something lovely, doesn’t it – floss? But it’s not really! Flossing or ‘to floss’ is when you buy something called ‘dental floss’, which is a long piece of string or tape for cleaning between your teeth. So sometimes dental floss comes on a little roll. And you can also buy – I like these – something called ‘dental harps’ - where the floss is stretched for you across a little Y shaped piece of plastic. It’s called a ‘dental harp’ because it’s like a harp, I suppose. A harp is a musical instrument – a great big musical instrument with strings stretched over it, which you pluck to make music. But a dental harp is for cleaning your teeth or between your teeth.
OK, so some more English pronunciation and vocabulary for personal care, shall we call it? What else might you need to put in your bathroom cabinet, or might you need to pack in your suitcase, when you go away from home? Well, what about your armpits? Your armpit, A-R-M-P-I-T is also called your underarm. It’s that little place underneath your arm, that might get all sweaty when you’re too hot, when you exercise or when you get stressed. So if you’re over the age of about 14, you probably have hair under there as well. So you might want to shave. So that’s the verb ‘to shave’, S-H-A-V-E and you’ll do that with a razor.
So a razor, R-A-Z-O-R is a noun – and it’s the sharp thing that you would use to remove that hair, from your armpits, or from your chin and face, if you’re a man. And because the area that you’re shaving with your razor might get a bit sore without this, you’ll probably want to use shaving foam. So foam F-O-A-M – it means something bubbly. And shaving foam comes in an aerosol usually. You spray it on the area that you’re going to shave and it’s much nicer for your skin. So product names that come to mind here are Gillette, or in the US – and I’ve never heard of these – but you might buy Edge or Barbasol. And of course, if you don’t use a razor, then you might use an electric shaver, and that’ll have a charger, just like your toothbrush that plugs into the same socket perhaps.
Product Words Explained!
So having got really nice, clean shaved armpits, what else might you use? What other vocabulary and English pronunciation practice might you need? Well, how about some antiperspirant or deodorant? These are the words for the products that you might use on your underarms to either stop you sweating, make you smell nice, or both. So antiperspirant – that’s a long word! A-N-T-I – anti, and -perspirant, P-E-R-S-P-I-R-A-N-T. So it’s made up of anti-, which means opposite to, or against and ‘-perspirant’, well that comes from the verb ‘to perspire’, P-E-R-S-P-I-R-E. And ‘to perspire’ is a more polite word for ‘to sweat’. Either one refers to what your body does, when you do sport, when you go for a run.
It’s entirely natural – but we tend to want to reduce that happening in the office, say. So an antiperspirant stops you from sweating. And a deodorant? So that’s D-E-O-D-O-R-A-N-T. Well, the de- part is a bit like the anti- in antiperspirant. De- means it effects the opposite. So you might stress and then you might de-stress – that’s another word for relax or chill out. So back to deodorant – another, more polite word for smell is an odour, O-D-O-U-R, so then logically, a deodorant is ‘something which takes away the smell’. So brand names here, that you might recognise for antiperspirants, certainly in the UK would be Nivea, Lynx, Sure or Dove.
And Your Hair
So now you’ve sorted out your teeth and your unwanted hair and your underarms, what else is there to do? Well, if you are looking at hair products, there is a vast array! A ‘vast array’ of products means that there are a lot of products. But the obvious ones are shampoo, S-H-A-M-P-O-O to wash your hair with. I think that this word is similar in lots of different languages and it comes from the Hindi and originally Sanskrit. The English pronunciation might be different from your language, but it’ll be the same word, more or less.
And Your Hair’s Condition?
So when you’ve shampooed your hair, (so yes, there is a verb ‘to shampoo’), you might also want to use conditioner. This makes your hair smoother and it’s meant to protect the ‘condition’ of your hair. So if the condition of your hair is good, your hair will be smooth and shiny, and if the condition of your hair is poor, it will be rough and dull. I’m not entirely convinced that conditioners really work that well. It’s all marketing really, isn’t it? But they do make your hair feel nice. And what particular problem do they claim to solve sometimes? Well, they might claim to solve the problem of split ends! So if your hair is in poor condition, you may have a problem at the ends of your hair, where the hair is split, or separated into two pieces. I don’t really think a conditioner is going to solve this problem – it’s perhaps time to get a hair cut instead when that happens.
For Hair That’s Hard to Manage
But if you have hair which isn’t in good condition and it’s dull and rough, rather than shiny or glossy and smooth, then there are a whole lot of other products which you can use to smooth your hair. Lots of companies make lots of money out of these products, and some of them are called ‘serums’, S-E-R-U-M, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease, that’s an example. It’s good for those of us who get frizzy otherwise, when we go out in the rain!
Anyway, that is a whole lot of vocabulary and English pronunciation practice for you all about what you might buy at the chemist’s shop – or what might be in your bathroom cabinet, or what you might need to pack when you’re going on your holiday. So as usual, listen to this podcast a number of times, so that your brain can learn the vocabulary which you don’t know. I’m hoping I’ve managed to include a mix of words that you already know like shampoo or toothbrush and plenty of words which you may not be as familiar with.
Anyway, enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
PS: Talking About Activities That Are Common To Us All Helps
Adept English has learnt over the years that English language students skip important part of learning the language if it does not relate to them.
I will give you an example, let’s say one listener goes to school, and another is a businesswoman. If we put out a lesson all about presenting finance figures at a board meeting, the student who goes to school often tunes out. Or if we talk about things to say in a schoolyard, the businesswoman will tune out.
So we design the Adept English lessons to appeal to many people regardless of their age or sex or how much money they earn. Today's lesson is a good example, we all brush our teeth (I hope!) don’t we?
The trick is we pack the lesson full of common, everyday English language. The vocabulary you will learn in this lesson will be just as useful to you when you talk about going on holiday with a friend. So the lesson is much more applicable to you speaking English, it's not just about brushing your teeth or shaving.