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熟語【じゅくご】 are basically kanji compounds that use two kanji's 音読み and creates a word out of it.

One common example of 熟語 is the word 今度【こんど】. This consists of the 音読み of the kanji 今 (English meaning: now) and the kanji 度 (English meaning: occurence/time). Put these two kanji together, and you get "this time/next time".

熟語 only use the 音読み of a kanji and never a 訓読み of it.

Here are some more prime examples of 熟語:

学校【がっこう】school
>>>学=ガク (learning)
>>>校=コウ (school)

同好【どうこう】similar tastes
>>>同=ドウ (same/similar)
>>>好=コウ (fond/liking)

勉強【べんきょう】study
>>>勉=ベン (exerting [efforts])
>>>強=キョウ (strong)

特大【とくだい】extra-large
>>>特=トク (special)
>>>大=ダイ (large/big)

簡単【かんたん】easy/simple
>>>簡=カン (simplicity)
>>>単=タン (simple)

最強【さいきょう】strongest
>>>最=サイ (most/extreme)
>>>強=キョウ (strong)

宿題【しゅくだい】homework
>>>宿=シュク (home/lodge)
>>>題=ダイ (topic/subject)

友好【ゆうこう】friendship
>>>友=ユウ (friend)
>>>好=コウ (fond/liking)

And some rather difficult 熟語:

総代【そうだい】representative
>>>総=ソウ (general/whole)
>>>代=ダイ (period/generation)

授業【じゅぎょう】class lessons
>>>授=ジュ (instruct)
>>>業=ギョウ (performance/business)

再会【さいかい】reunion/meeting again
>>>再=サイ (again/second time)
>>>会=カイ (meeting)

要綱【ようこう】principle
>>>要=ヨウ (need/essence)
>>>綱=コウ (class)

I could go on forever with this ordeal, but hopefully, this is enough for you to understand the concept of 熟語.

ROMAJI version to come if enough people request it.
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