Learn English Vocabulary: Compound Adjectives to describe people

Do you know what a 'compound adjective' is? In today's lesson, I will teach you some very common compound adjectives to describe people. Native speakers use these expressions a lot in everyday conversation. Knowing these compound adjectives will help you understand spoken English, and will help you to speak English more fluently. Make sure you understood the lesson by taking the quiz. Good luck!TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to teach you some new words. These words are all compound adjectives. So what is a compound adjective? Well, a compound adjective is when you have two different words together with a hyphen. English is full of compound adjectives. I'm going to teach you maybe eight compound adjectives that all have to do with people's personalities. So if you're describing a friend, a roommate, your family, these are the types of words you can use. So let's get started The first word I want to teach you is "open-minded", okay? "Open-minded". Students have a lot of trouble with the pronunciation of this word. Many students say, "I have" or "I am open-mind"; "I am open-mind." No. You need "open-minded", -ED. Students always forget the "-ED" at the end. So be aware. Be careful. What does it mean to be "open-minded"? If you are open-minded, it means you like to try new things. When something happens, when you have an opportunity to try something new, you will do it. You're a "yes person". If somebody says, "Do you want to eat a spider?" Well, this might be extreme. But in some cultures, they eat spiders. They might ask you, "Do you want to eat a spider?" If you're open-minded, you'll say, "Sure. Yeah. Let's try it." You know, that's a little extreme. There are other cases of being open-minded. Here's another example. "I try to eat the local food because I'm open-minded." Okay? So you like to try new things. You are open-minded. Maybe you have never been outside of your country. If you go to a new country, maybe you'll notice there are differences in the culture. If these differences aren't upsetting to you, if you're willing to meet new people, try new things, learn new ways of living, you are "open-minded". The opposite of "open-minded" -- just like you open a door -- "closed", "closed-minded". So be careful with the pronunciation of this. "Closed-minded." So it's not close-ed-minded". "Closed-minded." If you are "closed-minded", you don't like to try new things. Trying new things is very uncomfortable for you. So for example -- or thinking in new ways. You don't want to change the way you live. You don't want to think in new ways. You're very traditional, and you don't like change. You are "closed-minded". "My mother won't try anything new. She is closed-minded." Okay? So if somebody doesn't want to change, is very uncomfortable with other cultures, other ideas, they are "closed-minded". Another "minded" compound adjective, "absent-minded". "Absent" -- you might have heard this word before. If you are not in class, you are "absent"; the teacher will mark you absent. Okay? So when you're absent, you're not there. "Absent-minded" is when your brain is not there. What does this mean? Well, it means you are thinking about something different, so you don't see what's happening. Here's an example to help you understand. I have a friend. My friend, her name is Lara. She is very absent-minded. She's always thinking about boys. Always thinking about her boyfriend, boy troubles. So because of that, sometimes, she forgets to do her homework. She's too busy thinking about one thing. She doesn't realize what's happening around her. She is "absent-minded". So, "Lara is absent-minded. She forgot to do her homework." So you're not thinking about something. You're absent-minded. Your mind is elsewhere. Another expression, very common expression, "laid-back". "Laid-back." What does it mean to be "laid-back"? Well, this is a very positive expression. It's a good expression. And it means you're a very relaxed person; you don't get angry; you don't get annoyed; you're very calm, relaxed, you go with the flow. You're a very happy, laid-back person. For example, I told you my friend Lara, she's very absent-minded. She's always forgetting to do her homework because she thinks too much about boys. Well, her teacher is a very laid-back teacher. When she doesn't do her homework, her teacher does not get angry. He does not yell at her and say, "Lara, why didn't you do your homework?" No. He's laid-back. He says, "Oh, it's okay. That's fine. It's okay that you didn't do your homework." He doesn't the get angry. He is laid-back. So let's look at some more compound adjectives.

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What a great teacher
I love your Canadian accent.
Isn't the expression cool- headed the same as laid- back
I love this teaching style...I learned.a lot ,I m italian and I can undestand. each word she speaks..very well Thank you..!
Great teacher 🙂👍
Two - faced = doble cara or 2 caras es una persona hipocrita que de en frente de ti dice una cosa y detras de ti dice otra
I can help to make a conversation in English , who do want, write here
Your explanation is clear easy to understand
Thank you so much Ms. Emma.. It's so helpful to me
Thank you so much
I use to be laid-back, though some things make me angry very quickly.
I love you Emma u are a great teacher. I improved my English tremendously.
Emma thank you so much for these videos. They really help me to enhance my english. I have some questions about these compounds adjetives. Can we use articles like "a" before the adjetive? I mean, if I say I am a hard-working, is that sentense wrong or not? Or can I use that adjetive with "er" at the ending instead of the "ing" form? like "I'm hard-worker"? I'd be grateful if somebody helps me
Hello . I have a question.. why "open" goes withought "ed"? . I know it is withought " ed" but i dont know the grammar for that . Thnx 🙂
Your Explain very beautiful
Love this video
Thanks Emma ...
Great info. .
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Excellent video!thanks :)
Thank you Emma!
Wow thanks so much
This listen was very helpful for me even others thanks a lot my best teacherEmma wishing you the best
Thank for your teaching. Im very love this video. Hope you have many videos like this as a series
Excelente lección!!!
Emma, I'm in love with you and your lessons. Your voice is very colm!
Practice ...94712026030
Brasil thank you a lot!!!
Just love u mam
Montevideo Urugay,me huiveses uesto a mi y no a un medio de mi edad en al leccion que estoy viend sobe hablando con un hombre que solo me gusta,y ese me gusta lo dejas en medio suspenso y fueron msi Noticias al momento,para la ota como esta leccion em gustaria estar en vez de l veremoslo,y fueron mis Noticias al momento,Rafa.
Thank you Teacher.What about narrow-minded,double-minded.
Thanks emma
Great lesson
Awesome. do part 2 plz .thx
Very nice .
Hi..friendslets talk....
Your teaching method is so impressive..I like your all videos and I learn from u a lot..thank u so much for your good job..
Emma, why the word "open" at the end of the word didnt put -ed ??
I am two-faced girl to be honest
Montevideo Uruguay estaba mirando a las 2 chicas para estar bien acompaniado,ayq eu en al aprte de Dibujo y Pintura qu seguire aya,por al parte de Diujos animados sobre la mujer maravilla con la chica maravilla, a demas por otor alod no sly de esos tipos que se vancan solos soy el de esatr acompaniado,ya queme gustaria r a la casa de algunas de las chicas pero que sea de eso media caliente para ahser el amor aprate si bueno o no porue tiens un pretendiente,y bueno ,dejo por aca,ya que a esta hora no se ay en Toronto que horas seran aca es la hora que prendems la tele y bueno espeor ve y conoser a i secretaria o ayudante"hot"por no edsir otra cosa,y bueno y fueron mis Noticias al momento.Hasta maniaan Emma saludos,Rafa.
Emma you are the best teacher! your pupil from Uzbekistan,Samarkand City! I love you💋💋❤❤
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Mam plz .I want to learn your all videos okk..are you hearing ..
I used to love your every lesson...
Where are you from,Amma?? you are wonderful.
Hlw..mam ..how are you ..mam I'm student ..so I need your help for eng subject okk
Is "hot-headed" the opposit of "lay-back"?
Thank you so much dear
I'm a really hot-headed person... 😅
Thanks a lot
Really helpfully
I really like visiting and listening your explanations.
Curious: open-minded and closed-manded; why not openED-minded?
You are thebest:)
I am learning from you everything!Thanks a lot
I am a cool-headed ;) Hey I need someone to practice English with me
WHat do you call a person who thinks he's better than others? :o
Hi Emma .I would like to thank you for your helful lessons. Please I want to show you an exam which l have done lately to my pupils and to give your opinion on it if possible . many thanksfrom me
U r the best eng teacher ever!
You are great person Emma!
What's the difference between laid back and cool-headed
You're the perfect teacher :-)
LMOA my roommate was hot-headeed
Good explanations , is this American accent or British accents ?
Thanks a lot really ^^
Emma you are hard working.
Thanks a lot
I am hard-workingperson=)....but sometimes I get hot-headed because stupid people around me a lot
Thank you for this subject it's very important
Nice lesson, teacher
Great person
They said she was hard-working andalso a bit hot-headed , just then she got all fired up.
So is "laid back" the same as "cool headed" ?
Emma, you are a hard-working teacher
I love you 😘❤️
Qiadf xxx xxx
In the first sentence, I tried eating is incorrect? if I'm open minded, isn't a real effort for me eat local food, but only an experiment.... these little grammar shades make me out of my head!
Thanks Emma....!
Hello everybody. i 'd like some explannations about these expressions :when poush comeTo shove; out of the blue;to have somthing up to one's sleve;to put brave face on.
Really you are great
Thank youMrs. Emma
Emma, thank you for the lesson, but I have a question about your first example with the first word. Isn't "try to" used when one has a hard nut to crack and "try doing" for things as an experiment? So, in this case i try eating at the local restaurants (as an exmperiment) is the right option, isn't it?
You are beautiful and very intelligent.
I don't want a boss who is hot- headed and colleagues who are two- faced.
Wow your so beautiful emma when you wearing that hat :)
Emma what is the difference between laid-back and cool-headed?
You are laid back teacher.
What of these expressions are you?
Vocabulary the very WORDS  used for communications also the same used to form thought  improve vocabulary improve your reality your thoughts create your reality you like hearing that DONT YOU
I like your voice
Thanks a lot Emma it's useful
I like this teacher. she is very pretty and her language is very fluently. how can I meet with her?
Hi emma interesting lesson
First of all, I'm really glad to learn these very important compound adjectives.thank you so much Emma and I'm interestedto more and more!! everything is so convenient!

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Learn English Vocabulary: Compound Adjectives to describe people