Paco visits Scotland and Wales: Welcome to Wales

In this topic we are going to focus on nouns. First of all, we are having a look at how to form the regular plural of nouns in English, and we are going to learn how to pronounce these plurals. After these rules, you will see there are quite a few irregular plurals too.

Then we are going to learn about suffixes in English. The vocabulary of a language can be increased in great part thanks to suffixes. In this topic we are going to have a look at some of the most common suffixes. A suffix is a letter or group of letters added at the end of a word to make a new word.

Concerning vocabulary, we are going to learn words and phrases related to television.

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In this topic, pronunciation is especially important. Whenever you want to know the pronunciation of any word, write it under our robot and Mike will pronounce it for you.


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Listen to the song and read the lyrics below.

One Hippopotami (Allan Sherman)

One hippopotami cannot get on a bus,
Because one hippopotami is two hippopotamus.
And if you have two goose, that makes one geese.
A pair of mouse is mice. A pair of moose is meese.
A paranoia is a bunch of mental blocks.
And when Ben Casey meets Kildaire, that's called a paradox.
When two minks fall in love, with all their heart and soul,
You'll find the plural of two minks is one mink stole.
Singulars and plurals are so different, bless my soul.
Has it ever occurred to you that the plural of "half" is "whole"?
A bunch of tooth is teeth. A group of foot is feet.
And two canaries make a pair-they call it a parakeet.
A paramecium is not a pair.
A parallelogram is just a crazy square.
Nobody knows just what a paraphernalia is.
And what is half a pair of scissors, but a single sciz?
With someone you adore, if you should find romance,
You'll pant, and pant once more, and that's a pair of pants!

What's the point in the song?

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Have a look at the lyrics again and write the plurals of these nouns:

1. goose:

2. mouse:

3. tooth:

4. foot:


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What can be the origin of English words such as 'Hippopotamus- Hippopotami'?
Don't worry. We are going to learn plurals little by little. In the next section we are going to have a look at regular plurals. Let's start!