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American English Reductions

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn about American English reductions. You need to use reductions when you speak English in order to sound more natural.
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Reductions: American English Reduced Words

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words. You need to use reductions when you speak English in order to sound more natural.
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Words like want + to become, or are reduced to, wanna.
  • Reductions, such as wanna 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.
You will be learning a lot of American English reductions in upcoming lessons. For now you can watch the video below.
Video: American English Reductions Introduction
From YOUR Teacher: American English Reductions

Be sure to learn American English reductions. Although reductions are not real words, and not grammatically correct, Americans still use them in every day conversations. Knowing all the different reductions will also enable you to understand American movies and music.
 
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 9 - Is It Cold?
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna wants to know about the weather in Washington, D.C. She asks her phone. The phone tells her about the weather - but is the phone right?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Oh, hi, everyone! Here in Washington, DC, the weather changes often. One day is cold and windy. But the next day is warm and sunny! So, every day I check the forecast. Hello, Phone? What is today’s temperature?
Phone: Today it is 18 degrees ...
Anna: Eighteen degrees! That is cold!
Phone: … eighteen degrees Celsius.
Anna: Oh, Celsius. That is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s warm.
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is warm.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone. Is it windy today?
Phone: No, it is not windy today.
Anna: Is it sunny today?
Phone: Yes, Anna. It is sunny.
Anna: Excuse me, Phone?
Phone: Yes, Anna.
Anna: Is it snowy today?
Phone: No, Anna. It is not snowy.
Anna: Thank you, Phone!
Anna: Today the weather is warm and sunny -- great for seeing Washington, D.C.
Anna: Phone! It is not warm and sunny! It is cold and windy and snowy!
Phone: Anna, it is not cold, windy, or snowy. It is warm and sunny … in Mexico City, Mexico.
Anna: Oh. I see. Mexico.
Anna: Washington weather changes often. Remember to check the forecast -- the right forecast.
Phone: Yes, Anna. Next time remember to check the right fore…
Anna: Okay, thank you Phone. Goodbye, Phone.
Anna: Until next time!
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Speaking

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about weather and how to make your voice go up or down to show feelings with the word, "oh."
Pronunciation

In this video, you ​learn how Americans say short answers with no break between the words.
New Words
  • Celsius - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 100 degrees and the freezing point of water is at 0 degrees
  • change - v. to become different
  • check -v. to get information by looking at something, asking about something, etc.
  • cold - adj. having a very low temperature​
  • degree - n. a unit for measuring temperature
  • Fahrenheit - adj. relating to or having a scale for measuring temperature on which the boiling point of water is at 212 degrees above zero and the freezing point is at 32 degrees above zero
  • forecast - n. a statement about what you think is going to happen in the future​
  • phone - n. a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else​
  • snowy - adj. having falling snow or covered with snow​
  • sunny - adj. having plenty of bright sunlight​
  • temperature - n. a measurement that indicates how hot or cold something is; a measurement in degrees showing the heat of something (such as air or water)​
  • warm - adj. somewhat hot; not cool or cold​
  • weather - n. the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place
  • windy - adj. having a lot of wind
Activity

What is the weather where you are? You can see some examples in the Activity Sheet. Do the activity and write to us about your town's weather in the Facebook Comments section below. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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