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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 + are + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Whaddaya doing tonight?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • What are you doing tonight?
Examples: "whaddaya"
  • Whaddaya planning to take in college?
  • (Meaning: What are you planning to take in college?)
  • Whaddaya thinking right now?
  • (Meaning: What are you thinking right now?)
  • Whaddaya going to do tomorrow?
  • (Meaning: What are you going to do tomorrow?)
  • Whaddaya planning to do with your girlfriend this weekend?
  • (Meaning: What are you planning to do with your girlfriend this weekend?)
  • Whaddaya going to paint?
  • (Meaning: What are you going to paint?)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: New York Accent

This English language reduction is used often especially in places like New York. If you travel to New York you might listen to a native English speaker shout out "Hey, whaddaya doing" to someone if they are angry.
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 11 - At the Doctor’s Office
(Advanced - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
At the Doctor’s Office

DOCTOR: What seems to be the problem?

CATHY: Well, I have a bad cough and a sore throat. I also have a headache.

DOCTOR: How long have you had these symptoms?

CATHY: About three days now. And I’m really tired, too.

DOCTOR: Hmm. It sounds like you’ve got the flu. Take aspirin every four hours and get plenty of rest. Make sure you drink lots of fluids. Call me if you’re still sick next week.

CATHY: OK, thanks.
Conversation Notes
  • What seems to be the problem? means “What is the problem?” Notice that the intonation falls at the end of the question. The doctor wants information, not a “yes/no” answer.
  • Well is used as an introductory word. Notice how the vowel is drawn out, to sound like “Weeeeeell …” This can be used as a way to “buy time” while you think about what you want to say next.
  • A bad cough … a sore throat … a headache: Notice the article “a” before each symptom.
  • About is used to mean “more or less.” It’s used here to give an estimate of time.
  • Take aspirin … get rest … Make sure … Call me: Notice the doctor uses the simple tense here to give instructions. This is the imperative form of the verb.
  • Still sick means “continue to be sick.”
Source: U.S. State Department
Additional Conversation
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