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  • Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I'm going to teach you what a compound

  • noun is, and how to pronounce compound nouns. So, in this video, you're going to learn pronunciation

  • and also about what is a compound noun.

  • So, let's look at what a compound noun is to get started. I have here five words. "Bed",

  • "news", "hair", "sun", "foot", and beside them, I have another word: "room", "paper",

  • "cut", "glasses", "ball". These are examples of compound nouns. So, you might have guessed

  • it already, a compound noun is where you have a word and another word that have been put

  • together to form a new word. So, "bed" and "room" together become "bedroom". "News" and

  • "paper" become "newspaper". "Hair", "cut" becomes "haircut". "Sun" and "glasses" is

  • "sunglasses". And finally, "foot" and "ball" is "football". Pretty simple, I think.

  • So, what I would like you to do now is I want you to take out a piece of paper and a pen,

  • and try to think of as many compound nouns as you can. Okay? So take a moment, pause

  • the video, brainstorm for maybe one to two minutes all of the compound nouns you can

  • think of. All right.

  • Okay, so now that you have your list of compound nouns, I want to teach you about how to pronounce

  • these words. Okay? So, the key here is a compound noun is made up of at least two words. Where

  • do you think the stress is? What part of the word do you think we say louder and longer?

  • What do I mean by this? Well, for example, do you think I say: "bedroom" or "bedroom"?

  • If you said "bedroom", you are correct. For compound nouns, the very first part or the

  • first word in the compound noun, we say it longer and louder. All right?

  • So repeat after me: "Bedroom. Bedroom". Okay? And again, here: "news" is the part we say

  • louder and longer. "Newspaper. Newspaper." Okay. Here, again, we say the first part louder

  • and longer. "Haircut. Haircut." Okay. Can you guess where the stress is going to be

  • here? If you said: "On 'sun'". You are correct. "Sunglasses. Sunglasses." Okay?

  • And I'm saying the first part very loud and long, maybe a little bit too exaggerated.

  • But with stress, it's very important to stress your syllables correctly, because this can

  • really impact whether or not a native speaker understands you. So, this is very important.

  • Stress is very important. Okay. Finally: "Football. Football." So what part was louder? This part

  • was louder. "Football." Okay?

  • So, let's try to say some of these words in a sentence, and I want you to repeat after

  • me and pay attention to the stress. Okay? So, I have this sentence: "My bedroom is nice."

  • So, again, this is the part that's loud. "My bedroom is nice.", "Your sunglasses... Your

  • sunglasses are pink like the sunrise." Oh, great, we have another compound noun right

  • here. "Sun" and "rise", they are two different words that have been brought together. So

  • "sun" will be louder. "Your sunglasses are pink like the sunrise." Okay? And finally:

  • "She pays football." So, again, we have our stress at the first word. "She plays football."

  • So, again, you can find these compound nouns everywhere. If you look in an English newspaper,

  • if you look on an English website, there are thousands of them. So this is quite important.

  • Again, it's usually the very first word within a compound noun that is stressed, that is

  • longer and louder.

  • So, I invite you to come check our website at There, you can actually

  • do a quiz to make sure you understand what a compound noun is. You can also subscribe

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  • Until next time, take care.

Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I'm going to teach you what a compound

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