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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.
Reductions In Music and TV


Bob Geldof - Love or Something

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof KBE (/ˈɡɛldɒf/;[1] born 5 October 1951), is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, political activist, and occasional actor. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s, who achieved popularity at the time of the punk rock movement. The band had UK number one hits with his compositions "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays". Geldof starred as "Pink" in Pink Floyd's 1982 film Pink Floyd – The Wall. As a fundraiser, Geldof organised the charity supergroup Band Aid and the concerts Live Aid and Live 8, and co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?", one of the best-selling singles of all time.

This video is a good example of the usage of "whaddaya", and "kinda" English language reductions.

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Lyrics

It was last night baby when I caught your eye
Sssh don't tell nobody but I almost died
And like a beach bunny sobbing on a shag pile rug
I thought of "Going to a Go-Go"
And the Family Stone frug
So we twist and shout then when it's feeling great
She drifts away
(Talk, talk, baby, whaddaya say?)
She walk away
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
But like a cardboard suitcase in the pouring rain
She falls apart on me and then we start again
It must be love or something else
Oh oh love or something else
Well I talk with her and then I stay all night
We did everything but it
Still it felt alright
She was careful 'bout her health so it didn't hurt
When she started dropping pills in her blue grass skirt
Then she twist and dip and do the flip-flop slide
She drifts away
(Talk, talk, baby, whaddaya say?)
She walk away
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
Well trembling like an earthquake, slipping like soap
I don't believe with her I'll ever give up hoping
This is love or something else
It must be love or something else
Still I never take for granted that what's new
Am I overstating what at root
Seems cute and more to boot
The point is moot, but up to you
Is this love or something else?
It's only love or something else
I don't believe in love, baby, if I'm honest with myself
I don't believe it lasts long, it's kinda like your health
Hey everything is spinning round down the laundromat
And love is like your clothes, it's only useful while it lasts
Save your soul
Dans se monde il n'ya qu'une femme pour chaque homme
Et je pense qu'il n'ya qu'un age pour chaque age
Et ca c'est vraiment vrai
So don't you walk
(Talk, talk, tell me whaddaya say?)
Don't you walk
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
So don't you walk
(Talk, talk, tell me whaddaya say?)
And walk away
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
So don't you walk
(Talk, talk, tell me whaddaya say?)
You walk away
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
Is this love
(Talk, talk, tell me whaddaya say?)
Or something else?
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
Is this love
(Talk, talk, tell me whaddaya say?)
Or something else?
(Walk, walk, baby, why don't you stay?)
Is this love or something else?
Is this love or something else?
Is this love or something else?
Is this love
Is this love
Is this love
Is this love...
 
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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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