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American English Reduction "jya"

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

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • jya = did + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Jya go to class today?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Did you go to class today?
Examples: "jya"
  • Jya like the movie?
  • (Meaning: Did you like the movie?)
  • Jya go to work today?
  • (Meaning: Did you go to work today?)
  • Jya purchase that new car yet?
  • (Meaning: Did you purchase that new car yet?)
  • Jya meet your girlfriend last night?
  • (Meaning: Did you meet your girlfriend last night?)
  • Jya finish all that food?
  • (Meaning: Did you finish all that food?)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Jya

This English language reduction is used often among native English speakers in America especially among young people.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as jya 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


The Kinks - Did ya

The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965 (as a result of constant fighting between the brothers). Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' wittily observational writing style.

This video is a good example of the usage of "jya" English language reduction.

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Lyrics

Went for a walk down the old king's road,
To see if anybody was there.
But there was nobody home at 3 bywater street,
And they had sold cadogan square.
And I remember myself in my tie dye sweater,
And my hipster corduroy flares.
As I knocked on doors,
And walked down one-way streets that led nowhere.
Ah, jya ever think it wouldn't last forever?
Jya ever think that it would get this bad?
Jya ever think that everything would get so crazy?
Now the chelsea drug store needs a fix,
It's in a state of ill repair.
And my cuban heels are hurting my feet,
Just to add to my despair.
La-di-dahs drove mini cars in the summertime.
(in the summertime)
Now they're towed away for parking on a double yellow line,
And they can't pay the fine.
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think we'd all believe the hype?
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think the classes all would revert back to type?
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think the system ever really got it right?
Oh, baby.
They filled us full of false illusions and promiscuity,
And they led us down that class-less road to mediocrity.
As we walked down that alley way of hope,
We thought we'd found the motherload,
But we were led like lambs to that promise land,
With all the debts that we would owe.
Once trendies posed for tourist pictures in the summertime.
(in the summertime)
Not content with taking polaroids, they purchased all the property that they could find,
And I've just sold mine. (jya ever!)
Jya ever think that this green and pleasant land,
(jya ever think)
Would end up in the bottom of some garbage can,
(jya ever think)
A dustbin full of promises and half-hearted plans.
Oh, baby.
Jya, jya, jya ever think?
Jya ever think?
(in the summertime)
Now miseries and groaners moan and reminisce about the good old times and whine, whine, whine.
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think when things were really fab,
(jya ever think)
That we'd be looking through a dustbin for a dog-end to drag,
(jya ever think)
And sleep on park benches wrapped in plastic bags.
Oh, baby.
Jya ever think that it would get this crazy?
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think that it would get this way?
(jya ever think)
Jya ever think that we would pay the price for being lazy?
 
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MEG: Well, hello there, Julia! Long time no see!

JULIA: Meg! Hi! What a coincidence! I haven’t seen you in ages! What are you doing here?

MEG: I just got a new job in the city, so I’m shopping for some clothes. Hey, what do you think of this shirt?

JULIA: Hmmm … well, you know how much I love blue. See? I’ve got the same shirt!

MEG: You always did have good taste! What a small world.
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  • Well, hello there … Notice the emphasis on “hello,” which shows that Meg did not expect to see Julia.
  • Long time, no see! This is a common expression used to say hello to someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
  • What a ___! This exclamation shows a great degree of surprise, joy, disappointment, etc. (What a surprise to see you here! What a joy to have you with us! What a shame that you have to leave so soon! What a wonderful idea that is!)
  • You always did have good taste! Notice the stress on “did,” which Meg uses to emphasize the fact that Julia DOES have good taste! Meg says it in a joking way because Julia likes the same thing that she does.
  • What a small world is a common expression used to describe a chance meeting or other such coincidence.
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