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Mom Talk! 家で使える英語

Jun 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

For all the moms and dads out there who want to use some English at home with their kids, I thought I'd make a guide to some common phrases that native English speaking parents (in the U.S.) use at home.

→ If it says (little kids) next to a phrase, it's mostly used for kids around 1-5 years old.

Let's get started!

The basics (daily schedule):

Time to wake up! ・ Good morning!

Do you need to go potty*? (little kids) ・Did you go potty? (little kids

What do you want for breakfast today?

Are you all ready for school?

Let’s go! ・ It’s time to go!

How was school today? ・ Did you do anything fun?

OK, it’s time to do your homework.・ Have you finished your homework (yet)?

It’s time for bed! ・Get your pajamas on and brush your teeth please!

Do you want me to read you a story? (little kids) ・OK, which story do you want to hear? (little kids

Nighty night. (little kids) ・ Good night.


Asking for help around the house:

Please set the table. ・Please clear the table.

Could you serve the rice (for everyone)?

Could you take the trash out please?

Have you walked the dog today? ・Please take the dog for a walk.

Could you feed (the dog / the fish / the cat / etc.)?



Good job! Give me a high five!

Wow, did you do that all by yourself?

I'm so proud of you!

Extra phrases:

Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite*.

Do you have a boo-boo*? (little kids) = Do you have an ouchie*? (little kids)

Everyone buckle up*!

Who wants some ice cream? ・ Who wants to go the the park? ・ Who wants to watch a movie?*



・potty = toilet ("Did you go potty?" could be used for kids with diapers or kids using a toilet)

・sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite = an old saying which just means "sleep well"

・boo-boo or ouchie = a small cut or scrape

・buckle up = buckle your seatbelts

・Who wants ~ ? = you can use this for anything fun, to announce it. For example, say it's Saturday night, and you bought some ice cream at the grocery store that day. After dinner you could ask the whole family "Who wants some ice cream?" Usually kids (and parents) will answer "Me!" or "I do!" or maybe say "Yay!"


I've recorded all of the phrases so you can hear them being said with natural intonation. If you'd like to listen, you can listen here: http://www.enewsdispatch.com/#!mom-talk/nghri

That's all! If this was useful for you, or if you have any questions about phrases I didn't cover, please leave a comment below!

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