Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head

Published articles and fiction


The Pitfalls of English, the Most Exported Language in the World


Why I Fought So Hard to Have a C-Section

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How English-language pronouns are taught around the world


In defense of wanting to have a C-section


The complex process that dictionaries use to decide which words are obsolete

Feel more fun in French? Your personality can change depending on the language you speak


I Gave Birth The “Lazy” Way — & Why Wouldn’t I?

The pregnancy I didn’t announce

A Brexit Survivor’s Guide To Getting Through The Holidays

I’m A New Mom — & It’s Not As Hard As I Expected

Prenatal Depression: The Pregnancy Condition No One Talks About

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The Surprising Way My C-Section Taught Me About Motherhood


I let my student talk me into Botox


The Best Marmalade in the World is Worth the Fuss

What the Turks Know About Breakfast That Americans Don’t


Use This Writing Exercise to Uncover Your Ideal Self


I used to cover up when breastfeeding. Now I flaunt it

The best preparation for breastfeeding is accepting it might not happen


How a few wealthy kids taught me the parenting power of money


The Return of Chest Hair


[site folded, now]

If We Talked to Everyone the Way We Talk to Expectant Mothers

Daycare’s 15-Minute Goodbye Rule Did Me an Enormous Favor

Why I Gave My Son a Box of Tissues for His First Birthday


Maybe, baby: a baby-lead weaning reality check!


How to deal when saying sorry isn’t enough

When is it OK to be late?


What Tea (Yes, Tea!) Taught Me About Love


What Expectant Moms Wanting Natural Births vs. C-Sections Have in Common

How Moms really feel about their C-section scars

‘I snack on food I find in my baby’s hair’

I Don’t Know What To Do With My Son’s Foreskin

6 Unsolvable Problems When Flying Solo With a Baby

The Toddler Time Suck Is Chipping Away At This Little Bit Of Me


5 Things That Make English Difficult for Foreigners to Learn

How Bacons (as in People Named Bacon) Have Helped Shape Western Culture


Eat and Drink Your Way Around the Game of Thrones Set in Girona, Spain

Forget the Kebab: A Primer on 5 Delicious Things to Eat in Istanbul

(Unfortunately there are formatting issues with the Turkish characters)


Motherhood Freed Me From The Male Gaze


The Books That Lied


I’m ready to stop lying about my age … sort of

Sit back, relax and let your gut feeling guide your love life

Content writing/Copywriting

For fintech client, NIFT


When design meets contracts

In print

Getting the Right Cover for your Book — WritersForum

Modern English Teacher, ET Pro (article on applying for DOS positions), EL Gazette

Under a pen name


Writing a book won’t make you rich — co-written with Rebecca Strong


Part I, 7 Ways Besides Sales to Make Money Off your Novel co-written with Rebecca Strong


Part II, 8 More Ways to Make Money Off Your Novel: Personal Essay Prompts 

(We wrote them jointly but it was easier for the site to credit one each)

Want to Get Over Your Writer’s Block? This Exercise Can Help

Why the Right Book Reviews are So Important for Authors



Reclaiming Istanbul Flash fiction (creative non fiction really) about a controlling Turkish boyfriend.


Short story Over The Edge, my first ever “literary” piece.


The Devil’s in the Detail, short story.

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