Fun Easy English Classroom January 10


Learn about
English nouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about nouns an important part of English grammar. A noun is one of the eight parts of speech.
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Grammar: Nouns

A noun is a word used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, object, substance, state, event, feeling, or abstract idea. A noun is one of the eight parts of speech. The following are different types of nouns:
  • common noun
  • a word used to name a general person, animal, place, thing, or abstract idea
  • proper noun
  • a word used to name a specific person, animal, place, or thing
  • concrete noun
  • a word used to describe tangible objects such as: a person, place, thing, object, or substance
  • abstract noun
  • a word used to describe intangible concepts such as: states, events, concepts, feelings, qualities, etc., that have no physical existence
  • singular noun
  • a word used to describe one thing
  • plural noun
  • a word used to describe two or more things
  • countable noun
  • a word used to describe something that can be counted
  • non-countable noun
  • a word used to describe a something that cannot be counted
  • possessive noun
  • a noun that owns, or is closely related to, something else
  • collective noun
  • a word used to name a group of people, animals, or things
From YOUR Teacher: Learning Nouns

Learning the different types of nouns in English can be very difficult and confusing. Be sure to visit the pages of each of the different noun types shown towards the top of this page for more detailed explanations.
Test: Grammar Nouns

Study the types of nouns listed above. For each test question, you will be given four words. Three of the words will be the same type of noun and one word will be a different type of noun. Click the links above to learn more about each type of noun if you cannot answer a question.
1.  Which of the following words is NOT an abstract noun?

     a.  notebook
     b.  importance
     c.  opportunity
     d.  confidence
2.  Which of the following words is NOT a collective noun?

     a.  pride
     b.  cows
     c.  herd
     d.  flock
3.  Which of the following words is NOT a common noun?

     a.  deer
     b.  flowers
     c.  Mount Everest
     d.  mountain
4.  Which of the following words is NOT a concrete noun?

     a.  apple
     b.  dog
     c.  moose
     d.  happiness
5.  Which of the following words is NOT a countable noun?

     a.  baggage
     b.  leaf
     c.  cherry
     d.  car
6.  Which of the following words is NOT a non-countable noun?

     a.  equipment
     b.  girl
     c.  garbage
     d.  jewelry
7.  Which of the following words is NOT a plural noun?

     a.  tables
     b.  books
     c.  dish
     d.  radios
8.  Which of the following words is NOT a possessive noun?

     a.  Joe's
     b.  women's
     c.  bud's
     d.  birds
9.  Which of the following words is NOT a proper noun?

     a.  trees
     b.  Judaism
     c.  January
     d.  Angelina Jolie
10.  Which of the following words is NOT a singular noun?

     a.  teeth
     b.  leaf
     c.  cherry
     d.  party
Additional Lessons
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The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 10 - Come Over to My Place
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Ashley is visiting Anna. She calls to find out how to go to Anna's apartment. Ashley learns about Anna's neighborhood.
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hi Ashley!
Ashley: Hi Anna! I’m coming to your apartment. Where is your apartment?
Anna: My apartment is near the Columbia Heights Metro.
Ashley: It is near the Columbia Heights Metro?
Anna: Yes. Exit the Metro and turn right. Then at the bus station turn left. Then walk straight ahead.
Ashley: Okay. Exit Metro, turn right, turn left, then go straight ahead?
Anna: Yes. My apartment is near a coffee shop.
Ashley: Okay. See you soon!
Anna: Hi, Ashley.
Ashley: Anna, Which coffee shop? There are three coffee shops.
Anna: Okay, my apartment is across from a big department store.
Ashley: A big department store? Ah, I see it!
Anna: Okay! Bye, Ashley. See you soon!
Ashley: Okay. See you soon.
Anna: Ashley! Ashley! Ashley! Over here! It’s Anna! It’s Anna! Hi!
Anna: I love having my friends over. Come on!
Ashley: Great!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to give directions to a place.

In this video, you learn what it means when Americans make their voice go up after a sentence.
New Words
  • ahead - adv. to or toward the place where someone is going
  • bus - n. a large vehicle that is used for carrying passengers especially along a particular route at particular times
  • coffee shop - n. a small restaurant that serves coffee and other drinks as well as simple foods
  • department store - n. a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold
  • exit - v. to go out of a place
  • left - adj. located on the same side of your body as your heart
    adv. to or toward the left
  • Metro - n. an underground railway system in some cities (also called subway)
  • right - adj. located on the side of your body that is away from your heart
  • station - n. place where buses, trains, etc., regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off
  • straight - adv. in a straight or direct way
  • then - adv. used to indicate what happened or happens next
  • turn - v. to cause your body or a part of your body to face a different direction
  • walk - v. to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running

How do you tell someone how to find your school? Or where you work? Try writing directions to a place near you. Do the activity and give us directions in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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