What does ‘tiger mother’ mean?

Feifei: Hi Neil. Good holiday? Neil: Lovely, thanks. You know I adore the beach. Feifei: Your kids must have loved it too? Neil: Ah, they didn’t come. They were at summer music camp. Feifei: That’s very dedicated! Neil: Well, they have piano exams to pass, Feifei. And then there’s a French test when term starts again, so they’ve been having intensive French lessons every evening. Feifei: Wow, you really are tiger parents! Neil: Tiger what? Feifei: I mean you push your kids to achieve success at school. A ‘tiger mother’ or ‘tiger parenting’ describes a particular kind of strict upbringing. Neil: Well, let’s say we just want what’s best for our kids. Even if they don’t appreciate it yet! Feifei: The phrase ‘tiger mother’ was first used to describe a style of raising children common in some traditional East Asian households, though it can be adopted by anyone. Neil: It appeared in a book by Chinese American law professor Amy Chua, who claimed her academic success was partly thanks to her own tiger mother. Let’s hear examples. I never got to relax as a child. My tiger mother had me up at 7am practising the violin every Saturday and Sunday. We’ve decided to let little Bruno do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. I’m worried tiger parenting would stress him out. I have my tiger parents to thank for making me learn my multiplication tables at the age of three. I would never have become the governor of the bank otherwise. Neil: You are listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Our expression is ‘tiger mother’. Well Feifei, how to be a good parent is always a subject of debate. Tiger parenting is no exception. It all depends on your values, really. Feifei: Absolutely. In any case, Neil, it sounds like your kids have had a very busy summer of learning. What are you up to with them this weekend, anything fun? Neil: We’re going to the zoo. Feifei: That’s nice. A reward for getting good grades? Neil: Yes. Though we’re going to take our notebooks too. They have to learn so much about animals if they want to get top grades in biology this year. Feifei: You really are a tiger parent! Neil: Roar. Feifei: Bye. Neil: Bye.


  1. Gamer ملوكةة

    October 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Love you BBC from iraq 😘😘♥️

  2. حمود العنزي

    October 14, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    اول تعليق frist commant

  3. Narendra Vudara

    October 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Seriously ,I don't listen this word.Thank you .

  4. nguyen trang

    October 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    That's useful. Thank BBC learning English.

  5. Gyan Manthan

    October 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    BBC learning fans thoko like

  6. Lazy Black

    October 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    اخذت هالتعبير مع الأستاذ ابراهيم عادل💕💕

  7. Nhan Phan

    October 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Not study is remember

  8. Ricardo Machado

    October 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I'd give more than one thumb up if I were allowed to!

  9. Hope Seeker

    October 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I hope my wife in the future will be a tiger mother

  10. MR J

    October 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Nice thanke you

  11. BBC Learning English

    October 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Listen to a discussion about the lies that parents tell children and whether that's a good or bad thing – and learn some useful vocabulary too.

  12. Ira Salon

    October 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    The best ways to have success my child life always give support, courses ,and become the first good teacher in our house .thank you for your lesson.

  13. Myriam Dimakopoulou

    October 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Another expression involves mother and animals, that’s « mama bear » . It describes a protective mother who is able to fight for her offspring.

  14. Inju Juan

    October 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I'm not a tiger mother. Should I be worried?

  15. Raushan Kumar

    October 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks BBC and it's team for teaching us new words.i am following u for a couple of month and I think learning with BBC is always a fun… thanks once again.please do teach us.

  16. Emy Emmy

    October 14, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Hi 🙋🏼‍♀️
    Great , thanks a lot
    I’ve read a book called ( battle hymn of the tiger mother ) by Amy Chau . She used the term ( tiger mother ) to describe a mother who is a strict disciplinarian .

  17. Nasir Mulla

    October 14, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    The English we speak.
    The pronounce is like "Tha" not "thee". English E is a vowel .It pronounce should be "thee" , but it isn't . Can you explain about this please?

  18. Dini でぃに

    October 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    My own tiger mother is just narcissistic, though.

  19. Ahil Kannan

    October 15, 2019 at 1:41 am

    In India, we don't know why, all are tiger parents.

  20. Liz Armada

    October 15, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I am a tiger parent…I learnt tiger parenting from my mother who roar like a lion when angry

  21. Wendy Soto

    October 15, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Tiger mother sounds like me !!
    Absolutely I'm tiger mother !
    I really love it

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