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American English Reduction "whaddaya"

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn "whaddaya" an American English reduction.
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Reductions: "whaddaya"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • whaddaya = what + do + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Whaddaya think of this restaurant?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • What do you think of this restaurant?
Examples: "whaddaya"
  • Whaddaya plan on taking in college this semester?
  • (Meaning: What do you plan on taking in college this semester?)
  • Whaddaya want to do tonight?
  • (Meaning: What do you want to do tonight?)
  • Whaddaya think about going to Japan this Summer?
  • (Meaning: What do you think about going to Japan this Summer?)
  • Whaddaya think about his new girlfriend?
  • (Meaning: What do you think about his new girlfriend?)
  • Whaddaya want to listen to now?
  • (Meaning: What do you want to listen to now?)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: whaddaya

This English language reduction is used often especially in places like New York.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as whaddaya 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.
 
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  • Conversation Lesson - Advanced Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
Conversation Lesson 22 - What Are You Good At?
(Advanced - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
What Are You Good At?

SANDRA: So … what should we do?

JULIE: Well, I like to do arts and crafts, and I’m really good at drawing. What do you think?

SANDRA: Hmm … how about playing a board game? That would be more fun.

JULIE: OK. Let’s play Scrabble! I’m really good at spelling, too!

SANDRA: Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that!
Conversation Notes
  • So … Notice how the “o” sound is drawn out here, combined with the intonation, which shows boredom.
  • I’m really good at “Really” means “very” and is used to emphasize “good.” It goes before the adjective.
  • What do you Notice the pronunciation here — it sounds like “Whaddaya.”
  • Hmm … is used to show that the speaker is thinking. It is also used to show that the speaker disagrees with an idea.
  • How about is used to make a tentative suggestion. The speaker is introducing an idea and doesn’t want to sound too strong.
  • Let’s is used to make a strong suggestion. The speaker feels confident about the plan.
  • Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that! “Oh, yeah?” is used in a joking way to show a bit of friendly competition. Notice the emphasis on “that,” which refers back to “good at spelling.”
Source: U.S. State Department
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