AEE 546: What to Say in English When You Meet a Parent with a Baby

how to talk about babies in American culture

What should you say in English when you meet someone who is a parent and has a baby in their arms?

You have to acknowledge that they are holding a baby!

So what can you say?

Today we’ll show you what to do in American culture and what to say to build that connection!

Today our listener Erico has a great question!

“How do I describe babies and toddlers? The words I know are “cute,” “sweet,” and “adorable.” If there are others I really want to add them to my vocabulary.” -Erico, AEE Listener

 

**Things to keep in mind when someone has a baby

Don’t assume you can just go up and touch the baby.

Americans take personal space seriously.

The mom might be concerned about germs.

You should ask if it’s ok to touch the baby.

 

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What to say:

  • Oh what a cutie!
  • Is it a boy or a girl?
  • He’s so cute/She’s so cute
  • He’s adorable/She’s adorable

Stages of life for a child:

  • Newborn
  • Infant
  • Toddler
  • Pre-schooler
  • Kindergartener

 

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