One of the most important places in the house, the bathroom!
Sometimes you might just want to escape and you can do so by locking yourself in the bathroom or taking a nice bath or shower. People love their bathrooms!
Here is where your beauty regime takes place and it is the room that helps to prepare you for the day ahead. There is so much vocabulary to do with this room that consists of verbs, nouns and adjectives. With each term mentioned, we will also discuss verbs and adjectives to do with that term.
The main vocabulary categories we will look at today includes:
Bathroom Parts in English
Bath and shower
Hopefully, you’ve taken one of these today!
You can use many verbs in this category:
- Take a shower/bath
- Have a shower/bath
- Have a wash
These all show that you are using the bath or the shower to wash yourself or clean yourself.
You can run a bath, which means that you turn on the taps and allow them to fill the bathtub with water. Often when people run a bath, they turn on the taps and then leave it to fill by itself as this can take a long time.
Just be careful that you don’t let the water overflow, which is when the water becomes so high that it goes out of the bath and onto the floor! This can be an awful experience.
A long shower or a bath can be the best tonic after a long day of work and stress! The world moves so quickly nowadays that we need time to think without screens or distractions. Performing basic functions such as washing can bring us back to basics. You don’t have to think too much about washing, so you can think of other things. Some studies have even concluded that we are at our most creative when we are in the shower.
Take a look at this dialogue for talking about a bath:
Graham: What do you do to relax Elise?
Elise: I absolutely love having a nice long bath.
Graham: Really? You find that relaxing? I find it so boring to have a bath or a shower. It has to be quick for me.
Elise: Oh yeah! You have to try it. First I run the bath, which takes about twenty minutes. After I’ve turned the taps on I light some scented candles to help relax my senses. Then when the bath is full, I get my book so I can read while I am in the bath. Then I add some bubble bath. Once that is all done, I dim the lights and turn on a bit of music.
Graham: How can you relax with music on?
Elise: Well, I don’t listen to rock and roll! Just some quiet calm music to help me relax.
Graham: Oh okay, I understand.
Elise: It’s like a type of meditation for me, I don’t do it all the time, but it’s nice now and again to just sit back, relax and forget the world around me.
Graham: Interesting! Maybe I will try that sometime.
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Some words you might not have recognised from that passage:
- Taps (US: faucets) – the devices on the bath used to fill the tub with water. There is usually one hot tap and one cold tap.
- Bubblebath – A soapy liquid used whilst the bath is filling to create foam that helps to clean you while you are bathing.
- Scented candles – Candles are normally used for light, but in this case they are scented which means that they have a smell. This usually something such as lavender or roses.
Dialogue for talking about a shower
James: Dan, I am just going to take a quick shower.
Daniel: Quick? You’re never quick! Please don’t be too long today we need to use less water.
James: Okay, okay I will do my best but I like to stand in the shower and just relax.
Daniel: That’s great, but our water bill was very high this month, your relaxing is costing us a lot of money. All you need to do is get in the shower, use the shower gel and some shampoo, wash it off and get out.
James: That’s not true, sometimes I have to use face wash to keep my skin looking good.
Daniel: You can do that in the sink! You don’t need to stand in the shower just to wash your face.
James: But it’s nice! Plus sometimes I prefer shaving in the shower.
Daniel: Again, you can do that in the sink.
James: Well, scientists say that we are at our most creative state when we are in the shower. I need to think about where I want to go on holiday so maybe I should have a really long shower.
Daniel: No! Unless your creativity is going to make our water bill cheaper then please don’t do that! Here are some simple instructions: 1) turn on the shower 2) get in the shower 3) wash your hair 4) wash your body 5) get out of the shower and dry yourself. It’s all very simple and should take less than 10 minutes!
James: You forgot the conditioner, I need to keep my hair nice and healthy.
Daniel: Fine! Add that to the list, but that should still be less than 10 minutes!
Some words you might not have recognised from that passage:
- Shower gel – Soapy fluid used to wash your body.
- Shampoo – Soap designed specially to wash your hair.
- Conditioner – Fluid designed to keep your hair healthy and soft.
- Face wash – Soap designed especially for the skin on your face.
- Water bill – The amount of money you have to pay for your water usage, usually every month.
- Sink – The small basin with two taps that is normally used to wash your hands.
Some people prefer taking showers, others prefer having a bath. It depends on how much time you have if you don’t have time then you should probably choose a shower. Also, a shower uses less water than a bath and can be cleaner as well.
Okay, let’s get it out of the way, the toilet. How can we talk about this without sounding vulgar and being rude?
This is a delicate one but I think we can get past it!
The main words we use when talking about the toilet in the English-speaking world are:
Formal: The toilet (UK), the bathroom (US), the washroom (Canadian), the lavatory (all)
Informal: The loo (UK), the bog (UK and New Zealand), the dunny (Australian), the John (US), the potty (UK and US for younger children)
Try to stick to the formal ones when you are with people you may not know very well! If you use slang in a formal situation, it might not reflect well on you and may leave a bad impression.
However, if you are with friends, try to use their local term! They will laugh purely because you know the slang word as a person who doesn’t speak English natively.
As for verbs to use in this section, let’s take a look at the possibilities:
- I’m going to the toilet/bathroom.
- I’m going to use the toilet/bathroom.
They both mean the same thing but you can add to use at your leisure.
Here’s a dialogue of a family in a restaurant to help your understanding:
Child: Mummy, mummy! I need the potty!
Parent: Okay, Harry, let’s go and find one. Excuse me, is there a toilet in here?
Waiter: Yes there certainly is, it’s round the corner and to the left. It’s labelled lavatory.
Parent: Great, thanks, come on then Harry, let’s go to the loo.
We come to the most important part of a day for many people!
There are literally thousands of products that claim they can make you more beautiful in no time. Some products help, but some are just selling expensive chemicals.
Here are some words you are likely to see in the beauty product world:
- Anti-ageing – Describes product that stops you looking old.
- Moisturising – Something that stops your skin feeling and looking dry.
- Cleansing – A product that is cleansing will clean whatever part of the body it is intended for.
- Aromatic – The product will have a smell.
- Conditioning – This will help to keep a certain body part healthy.
- All-day – The product will stay active all day without you reapplying
- Defining – This means that one of your features will be enhanced.
- Dermatologist – With skincare products you will often see the label dermatologically tested or approved. This means that a dermatologist who is somebody that is a skin specialist has said that the product is safe for use.
- Easy-to-use – Don’t overthink it! The product is used without difficulty.
- Exfoliating – Helps to remove layers of dead skin with little beads.
- Facial – The product is for use on the face.
- Firming – Skin will be tighter, making you look younger.
- Gentle – The effect of a product will not be too harsh for your body.
- Boosting – Making one of your features stand out.
- Hydrating – Making sure your skin or hair is not dry.
- Illuminating – Giving you a glow! Some of your features seem brighter and clearer.
- Regenerating – Helping old cells to grow again and fighting the ageing process.
- Waterproof – The product will survive interactions with water.
Of course some of these terms will not actually come true but products are always worth a try! Just don’t spend too much money on them as they can be very, very expensive.
So many people want to look better and younger that the companies can charge pretty much whatever they want!
Gina: Hey Faye, what’s that you’re putting on?
Faye: It’s my new moisturiser, it’s anti-ageing, boosting and firming. It feels so good on my skin!
Gina: Oh wow, how much was it?
Faye: 7 pound for a bottle.
Gina: Oh my! That’s very expensive!
Faye: Yeah I know, but it’s worth it, believe me.
Gina: I know what you mean, I always pay more for a product that works. I pay ten pound a bottle for my leave-in conditioner.
Faye: Really? What’s it like?
Gina: It’s great! it’s hydrating, aromatic and lasts all day.
Faye: I’ll have to try that one. My new shampoo dries out my hair so I need something that’s gentle and easy-to-use.
Gina: Yeah, give it a try, I know how important your beauty regime is to you!
Faye: We are the same! We like trying to look beautiful and there is nothing wrong with that.
Do you spend a lot of money on beauty products? Let us know in the comments about what your favourite products are!
There is so much etiquette involved with the bathroom and it’s important to understand that! Etiquette is a set of things that you should do (but you are not forced to do) when you do something.
Take a look at the dialogue below and afterwards we will take a look at all the terms you may not know:
Derrick: You took a long time, where did you go?
Lucy: Well, I was trying to go to the toilet but I gave up waiting.
Derrick: What? What happened?
Lucy: I went to use the toilet, which is unisex, and on the door it said vacant because, as I later discovered, the gentleman inside had not locked the door. So, then I had to shut the door and wait. I waited and waited and waited. Eventually, I became worried that the man might have passed out because he had been in there for ten minutes. I decided to knock on the door. The man shouted that the toilet was occupied, which I thought was very rude. Then when he eventually came out of the toilet he didn’t hold the door open for me to enter. I went to sit on the toilet but the man had left the toilet seat up, so I nearly fell in! The worst part, he hadn’t flushed the toilet and I don’t know if he washed his hands.
Derrick: What a terrible man! I would like to talk to him! He needs to learn some manners.
Some terms you may not have known:
- Unisex – When a toilet, or any facility is designed for both men and women.
- Vacant – When something is empty or available. On a toilet, if you lock the door it will show as “engaged” or “occupied”.
- Knock on the door – A polite way of checking if a facility is vacant or engaged. You make a noise on the door with your hand.
- Hold the door (open) – If you hold the door for somebody you keep the door open so that somebody else can pass through. This is seen as polite and expected behaviour.
- To leave the toilet seat up – When men use the toilet and don’t sit down, they should lift the toilet seat to avoid mess. After usage they should then lower the seat to its original position so that other people (particularly women) can sit without complication or difficulty. If someone doesn’t do this, they are leaving the seat up.
- To flush the toilet – Also written as to flush the chain, this is the process of emptying the toilet. The device that you pull or press to allow the toilet to empty is called the flush or the chain depending on where you are in the world!
- To wash your hands – If someone washes their hands, they use the sink and some soap to wash bacteria off of their hands. This is not only done after the toilet, but also before mealtimes.
- Manners – a group of behaviours that are accepted as good etiquette.
Etiquette is so important and it’s so easy to follow, so make sure you do that for other people. Treat others as you wish to be treated. It’s especially important in delicate situations like the bathroom. We all need to use it so we should make sure that it is clean and acceptable for everybody. That’s good manners.
So what do you think? Any problems? Any questions?
I hope you enjoyed your guide to everything to do with the bathroom in English! Please leave a comment below if you want something clarified.