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  • Hi, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on small synonyms.

  • If you've watched my lesson on big synonyms, this lesson has a similar idea. We're going

  • to look at ways to make your vocabulary richer to make it stronger and to add variety. So

  • I will be looking at some other ways that you can say "small" so that you don't sound

  • like you're repeating the same adjectives, the same words again and again in your conversations

  • or in your writings. So let's begin.

  • First, we have a sentence. "He's, she's, that's" -- you can say, "It's so" -- obviously, you

  • could say "small" if you're talking about a building, a chair, a table, whatever it

  • is that you're talking about. You can also say, "That's so little." So "little" and "small"

  • are probably the two most common words that you likely know. And you might know the next

  • one as well, which is "tiny". So you can have a tiny problem or a tiny headache, or a tiny

  • issue with someone.

  • The next one might be new for some of you, and that word is "minuscule". Now, "minuscule"

  • -- think of the word "mini", which is here. And again, "mini" just means "small", just

  • means "little". If you wanted to make it a little more formal, you can say, "It's minuscule."

  • So if you have the difference between buying one car and another car, but one car is much

  • better, but the price difference is not very big, you can say, "The price difference is

  • minuscule. I should pay the extra money and get the much better car." Okay? So a difference

  • can be minuscule or small or little.

  • Next, we have the word "petite". This comes from the French word for "small", "petit"

  • or "petite". I apologize for my pronunciation. We also use this word in English. In English,

  • it means, like, "cute", so small that it's cute and adorable like this little thing.

  • What is this? Hey. There's a little Pikachu in my pocket. So as you can see, this Pikachu

  • is very petite, so cute, so small, so tiny that he's adorable. Okay, Pikachu. I'll see

  • you later. He's small, but he's very heavy. I hope he'll be okay.

  • Next, we have the word "puny". Now, "puny" has a negative meaning. It's so small that

  • it's weak, not strong. So a person can have puny muscles, for example. So again, "petite"

  • -- cute and adorable; "puny" -- so small that it's weak, not strong.

  • Next, we've the word "mini" which we discussed. And the final three words are not as commonly

  • used in writing, but we definitely use them in speech. So the word "wee". If you want

  • to, you know, have a big problem, and when you're talking about this problem to your

  • friend and you don't want to stress the size of the problem, and you want to say, "We have

  • a wee problem, a small problem." Even if the problem is big and you want to make it smaller

  • in the person's mind, you can say, "We have a wee problem, a teeny problem, a teensy problem."

  • So all three of these words, they use the sound "ee". And you can stretch it out when

  • you're saying it. "A wee problem, a teeny problem, a teensy problem."

  • And finally, we have one, two, three, four expressions where we're combining two different

  • adjectives and we're making them sound really cute and adorable and small and tiny. So first,

  • "itty-bitty". It sounds fun to say, right? So repeat after me, "itty-bitty". You can

  • say "an itty-bitty problem", "I have an itty-bitty headache." Very cute. Adorable, almost.

  • Next, we have the words "teensy". And if you want to emphasize it even more, "teensy-weensy"

  • okay? "Teensy-weensy." Same with the next one, "teeny-tiny." So all you're doing is

  • combining teeny and tiny. And finally, we have "itsy-bitsy". So there is a children's

  • nursery rhyme that goes "itsy-bitsy spider". And if you're lucky, maybe you'll get to hear

  • it at some point.

  • So one more time, from the top, listen and repeat. Practice the pronunciation.

  • "Little, tiny, minuscule, petite, puny, mini, wee, teeny, teensy, itty-bitty, teensy-weensy,

  • teeny-tiny, and itsy-bitsy." Okay.

  • So if you'd like to test your understanding of how to spell these words, how to use them

  • in context, as always, you can check out the quiz on And don't forget to

  • subscribe to my YouTube channel. Bye.

  • "The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and

  • -- hey. What are you looking at? -- washed the spider out. Out came the..."

Hi, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on small synonyms.


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ボキャブラリーを増やしましょう。小さい」の類義語 (Improve your vocabulary: Synonyms for "small" in English)

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