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American English Reductions - Betcha

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction betcha.
Reductions: "betcha"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • betcha = bet + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Betcha can't eat just one.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Bet you can't eat just one.
  • (Meaning: I would bet, or think, that you will probably want to eat more.)
Examples: "betcha"
  • I betcha she is over 21 years old.
  • (Meaning: I think she is over 21 years old.)
  • Betcha it will rain today.
  • (Meaning: I think it will rain today.)
  • Betcha I am going to get the job.
  • (Meaning: I think I am going to get the job.)
  • I betcha you will fall in love with me.
  • (Meaning: I think you will fall in love with me.)
  • Betcha you cannot eat the entire sandwich.
  • (Meaning: I think you are not going to be able to eat the entire sandwich.)
From YOUR Teacher: Betcha can't eat just one

This reduction was used in a famous potato chip commercial (advertisement) in America.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as betcha are not real words in English.
  • You need to use reductions in order to sound more natural.
  • You need to know reductions in order to understand conversations between native English speakers.
  • Reductions are used extensively in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers.
 
Reductions in Music and TV
From YOUR Teacher: Enjoy Reductions

Hi again. What could be more fun than learning English language reductions from your favorite songs and TV shows? Listen to the way native English speakers use reductions in the following videos. Enjoy.
Lays Potato Chip Commercial

This is an old Lays potato chip commercial (advertisement) with the English language reduction "betcha". Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Lays Potato Chip Commercial

And another Lays potato chip commercial (advertisement) with the English language reduction "betcha". Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.


System Of A Down - Violent Pornography (audio)

Songwriters: Daron Malakian / Serj Tankian
Violent Pornography lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

System of a Down (SOAD), or simply System, is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, backing vocals), and John Dolmayan (drums). The band achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums, three of which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and their song "B.Y.O.B." won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006. The band went on hiatus in 2006 and came together again in 2010, embarking on a tour for the following three years. System of a Down has sold over 40 million records worldwide, and their singles "Aerials" and "Hypnotize" have both reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

This video is a good example of the usage of "betcha", an English language reduction.

Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Lyrics

Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies.
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Betcha didn't know
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies,
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries.
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Betcha didn't know
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know
It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and sodomy!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!
It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and sodomy!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody sucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody fucks.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody dies.
Everybody, everybody, everybody livin' now.
Everybody, everybody, everybody cries.
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Betcha didn't know
Betcha didn't know
It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know
It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and sodomy!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!
It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and sodomy!
The kinda shit that's on your TV!
It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and sodomy!
The kinda shit that's on your TV!
It's on the TV.
Fuck.
Turn off the TV.
Can you say "brainwashing?"
It's a non-stop disco.
   
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(Beginner - Listening, reading)

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The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
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