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Proper Nouns

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about proper nouns an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Proper Nouns

Definition of a proper noun.
  • A proper noun is:
  • a word used to name a specific person, animal, place, or thing
  • written beginning with an uppercase (capital) letter
  • the opposite of a common noun
Proper Noun Examples
  • Names of people
  • Albert Einstein, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie
  • Pet names of animals
  • Rocky, Rover, Spot
  • Religions, scriptures, deities
  • Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, the Torah, the Bible, Buddha
  • Geographical and astronomical names
  • the Universe, Uranus, the Pacific Ocean, Mount Everest
  • Months, days of the week, holidays
  • January, Monday, New Years
  • Historical events
  • the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War
  • Country names and words derived from those names
  • America, Americans, England, English, Japan, Japanese
  • City names
  • New York, London, Paris
  • Monuments, buildings, rooms
  • Washington Monument, Taj Mahal, Room 248
  • The names of companies, organizations, trade marks, brand names
  • Microsoft, NAFTA, Coca Cola
  • Vehicle names
  • Toyota, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Malibu
  • Awards
  • the Nobel Peace Prize, the Lombardi Trophy
  • Note: some words can be used as both common nouns and proper nouns
  • The Internet is a proper noun when it refers to the specific global information network.
  • The internet is a common nouns when it refers to "internet technologies" such as TCP/IP, DNS, HTTP.
From YOUR Teacher: Proper Nouns

Hey a reminder to be sure to capitalize the first letter of any words which are proper nouns.
Test: Grammar Proper Nouns

Study the examples of proper nouns listed above. For each test question, you will be given four words. Three of the words will NOT be proper nouns and one word will be a proper noun.
1.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Albert Einstein
     b.  tree
     c.  mountain
     d.  car
2.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Barack Obama
     b.  table
     c.  bird
     d.  desk
3.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  deer
     b.  flowers
     c.  Mount Everest
     d.  mountain
4.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  apple
     b.  dog
     c.  moose
     d.  Judaism
5.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  leaf
     b.  flock
     c.  cherry
     d.  Japan
6.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  equipment
     b.  girl
     c.  Starbucks
     d.  jewelry
7.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  tables
     b.  Mount Rushmore
     c.  dish
     d.  radios
8.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Toyota
     b.  women
     c.  bus
     d.  birds
9.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  trees
     b.  cars
     c.  January
     d.  desk
10.  Which of the following words is a proper noun?

     a.  Nobel Peace Prize
     b.  leaf
     c.  cherry
     d.  party
 
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  • 60 Second News - Beginner Level. A one minute video of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening and reading practice. News stories are posted on weekdays only.
  • Learning English - Beginner Level. A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Intermediate Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, and a new words section.
60 Second News
(Beginner - Listening, Reading)

March 7, 2019

A one minute video of recent world news.
Great reading and listening practice.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
News stories are posted on weekdays only.
 
Learning English
(Beginner - Listening)

March 7, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
 
Conversation Lesson 14 - Made for Each Other
(Intermediate - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Pete and Ashley have found perfect partners. Anna says she has a new boyfriend but Pete and Ashley don't believe her. Is he real or not?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then read the video script.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! What are you guys looking at?
Pete: I’m showing Ashley pictures of my girlfriend. We have so much in common -- even small things. She can’t whistle and I can’t either.
Ashley: (to Pete) And here’s a picture of my boyfriend. (sighs)
Ashley: My family is big and so is his. I don’t like ball sports and he doesn’t either! (sighs) We are made for each other ...
Pete: … and so are we. (sighs)
Anna: Uh… you have found perfect partners … and so have I!
Professor Bot: Pete and Ashley are talking about people they love. They are putting two ideas together with connectors.
Let’s start with these two sentences: She can’t whistle. Pete can’t whistle. How do you put them together?
Pete says, "She can’t whistle and I can’t either."
You can see we just add the conjunction “either” and take away the verb “whistle.” And Ashley says: "I don’t like ball sports and he doesn’t either!"
Keep looking for connectors!
Ashley: You met someone, Anna? That’s great! What’s his name?
Anna: His name? His name is uh… (stalling, looks around, sees a bus) Bus … ter. (stalling, looks around, sees a car) Car … ter.
Ashley: (says it like Anna did) Bus...ter Car...ter?
Anna: It’s just Buster Carter, Ashley. I like him and he likes me. We’re a great couple.
Ashley: Hey, let’s all get dinner tonight, together. You can bring Buster.
Pete: (laughing) Yeah, I can’t wait to meet him.
Anna: Thanks, Ashley, but he’s really busy tonight with his uh, (looks around, sees squirrel) squirrel collection. Bye, guys! Gotta go!
Ashley: Squirrel collection?
Pete: You know, she made all that up.
Ashley: That’s so sad. She needs to meet someone. Hey, do you know anyone who she might...
Pete: No.
Anna: (to herself) Anna, Anna, you lied! You lied! Now, they think you have a boyfriend - with a squirrel collection. Here, squirrel. (throws food) Well, you need to tell them the truth. You don’t have a boyfriend.
Man: Excuse me, is this seat taken?
(Anna shyly shakes head “no”)
Anna: Ashley, Pete, I need to talk to you. This morning, I lied.
Pete: Let me guess. There’s no Buster Carter. What a surprise!
Anna: I’m sorry. But later I really did meet someone and we have a lot in common!
He’s good at flying kites and so am I.
He likes to read comics and so do I.
I can play the ukulele and so can he.
Ashley: He sounds perfect for you, Anna. Can he come tonight?
Anna: That’s the sad part. You see, he just got a job as a spy, and tonight he leaves on assignment.
Pete: Of course he does.
Anna: But that's okay, because now I know that there is someone out there made for me. (looks at the time) Oh, it’s late! I have to see him off at the train station. Bye, you guys!
Ashley: Bye Anna! Oh dear, she’s worse than we thought.
Pete: She’s lost her mind.
Ashley: What should we do?
Pete: (happy, excited) Let’s tell her!
(Pete goes to leave but Ashley pulls him back.)
Ashley: No, Pete. Mr. Right may not be real but he makes her really happy.
Professor Bot: Did you find any other connectors? Notice how the words are in a different order in the part after “so.” "I am" becomes "am I" and "he can" becomes "can he."
"He’s good at flying kites and so am I. I can play the ukulele and so can he."
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
New Words
  • boyfriend - n. a man that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with
  • collection - n. a group of interesting or beautiful objects brought together in order to show or study them or as a hobby
  • couple - n. two people who are married or who have a romantic or sexual relationship
  • girlfriend - n. a woman that someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship with
  • in common - expression. people who have something in common share interests, beliefs, attitudes, or opinions
  • kite - n. a toy that is made of a light frame covered with cloth, paper, or plastic and that is flown in the air at the end of a long string
  • lie - v. to say or write something that is not true in order to deceive someone
    make (something) up - phrasal verb. created from the imagination or not true or real
  • Mr. Right - expression. the ideal future husband
  • partner - n. someone's husband or wife or the person someone has sexual relations with
  • squirrel - n. a small animal with a long tail and soft fur that lives in trees
  • see (someone) off - phrasal verb. to go to an airport, train station with (someone who is leaving) in order to say goodbye
  • truth - n. the real facts about something
  • whistle - v. to make a high sound by blowing air through your lips or teeth
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Study all 30 English intermediate conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, and a new words section. These lessons are for intermediate students.
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