Fun Easy English Classroom March 22


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American English Reduction "lemme"

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

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • lemme = let + me
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Please lemme go with you.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Please let me go with you.
Examples: "lemme" (reading and reductions)
  • Lemme know what you think.
  • (Meaning: Let me know what you think.)
  • Lemme know if you can come.
  • (Meaning: Let me know if you can come.)
  • Lemme think about your idea.
  • (Meaning: Let me think about your idea.)
  • Can you lemme know?
  • (Meaning: Can you let me know?)
  • Lemme talk with the president.
  • (Meaning: Let me talk with the president.)
From YOUR Teacher: Lemme

Another commonly used American English reduction.

Hey lemme know when you are finished.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as lemme 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
From YOUR Teacher: Enjoy Reductions

Hi again. What could be more fun than learning English language reductions from your favorite songs and TV shows? Listen to the way English speakers use reductions in the following videos. Enjoy.

Rihanna - Lemme Get That (Audio)

Songwriters: Shawn Carter / Timothy Mosley / T. Nash
Lemme Get That lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Ole Media Management Lp

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, and raised in Bridgetown, she was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country of Barbados in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of Rogers and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, rapper and hip hop producer Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun as well as its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006). Both albums peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "Pon de Replay", "SOS" and "Unfaithful".

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

Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.

I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
You might see me in the spot
Ya boy think I'm hot
So I came up in here to get what you got
I'm hot like the block
Ugh Huh you like that
Know you wanna bite that
Ugh Huh yea right there
They love the young girl
They wanna give it to me
Wish I was in a flick
And I ain't talking movies
If ya young, if ya hot girl
Shake what ya got girl
I keep 'em singing
Lemme hit that (Huh?)
(Justin What you got up in them jeans? Put it on me, or get lonely)
Lemme get that (Huh?)
(Rihanna You know, 5 car garages, name on your bank account, all day massages)
Lemme hit that (Huh?)
(Justin I wanna put it on blast)
Lemme get that (Huh?)
(Rihanna Better slow down, for I make you crash boy)
Got what you want
Baby got what you need,
But we can't proceed
Unless you got that for me
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
I'm a put you on the spot
Keep the sheet in knots
I bought me a Benz,
You buy me the yacht
A girl need a lot,
The girl need some stocks
Bonds is what I got, bonds is what I got (ya get it?)
They love the young girl
They wanna give it to me
Wish I was in a flick,
And I ain't talking movies
If ya young, if ya hot girl
Shake what ya got girl
I keep em singing
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
Oh, oh, oh
Boy I know you want my love
Oh, oh, oh
Nothing is free in this world
Oh, oh, oh
Unless my love is your love
Oh, oh, oh
I'm not a gold digger
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
Additional Lessons
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  • Conversation Lesson - Intermediate Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, and a new words section.
Conversation Lesson 29 - Where There's Smoke
(Intermediate - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna becomes a fire safety monitor. But will she do a good job? And when will she use her skills?
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then read the video script.
Video Script

PENELOPE: Hey, Anna. What are you reading?
ANNA: I’m reading about fire safety. Ms. Weaver named me fire safety monitor.
PENELOPE: But the only time we have a fire emergency is when someone burns a piece of toast.
ANNA: That is true. But fire safety is very serious – very serious. If there is a fire emergency, I have to help everyone out of the building.
PENELOPE: Well then, if I were you, I’d learn as much as possible.
ANNA: You’re right. And I know just who to call!
PROF. BOT: Hmm, I wonder where Anna’s going. Today we are reviewing conditionals and learning helpful language for emergencies.
PROF. BOT: If Anna studies hard, she’ll be a great fire safety monitor! That’s a conditional. It uses “if” to show that something is true only when something else is true.
PROF. BOT: Let’s find out where Anna is going. And if you want to learn fire emergency language, keep watching!
(Two firefighters welcome Anna to their firehouse.)
ANNA: Hi, Firefighter Jones.
FIREFIGHTER JONES: Hey, how are you, Anna?
ANNA: I’m well, thanks. How are you? Hi, Firefighter Hatcher.
FIREFIGHTER HATCHER: Hi, Anna. How are you?
ANNA: I’m well, thanks.
FF H: Welcome to our firehouse.
ANNA: Thank you.
FF H: Come on in.
ANNA: Thanks.
FF H: This is where the firefighters eat. This is where we rest. This is where we exercise. This is where the firetrucks are parked and maintained.
ANNA: This place is beautiful.
FF H: You know, the firehouse is a firefighter’s second home.
ANNA: Firefighter Jones, Firefighter Hatcher: Can you tell me some ways to prepare for a fire emergency?
FF H: Sure, Anna. There’s one really important thing you can do: Install a fire alarm. Test it monthly and make sure the batteries are fully charged.
ANNA: Let’s talk about those emergency exits.
FF J: In your home, office and schools, know where your emergency exits are located.
ANNA: What about fire extinguishers?

FF J: Everyone should know how to use a fire extinguisher. Have one handy and practice using it.
ANNA: What if we need to get out?
FF J: You should have an evacuation plan. And practice getting out safely with fire drills.

ANNA: If I am in a building and it’s on fire, should I use the elevator?
FF H: No. Always use the stairs.
ANNA: What other safety tips should I know?
FF J: Stay low. Smoke rises. The air is clearer close to the ground.
ANNA: Stay low. Anything else?
FF H: If you touch a door and it’s hot, don’t open it. There might be a fire on the other side.
ANNA: What do I do if my clothes catch on fire?

FF H: Do not run. If you run, the fire will burn faster. You must stop, drop and roll.
ANNA: Thanks so much! I’ve learned a lot. And I can’t wait to share this information with others.
FF H: Thanks for coming, Anna.
FF J: It’s been a pleasure meeting you.
(Anna is back at the office talking to Penelope.)
PENELOPE: So, Anna, how was the visit to the fire station?
ANNA: I learned a lot! And firefighters have a very difficult job.
PENELOPE: Do you smell smoke?
ANNA: No. So, like I was saying, I learned how to …
PENELOPE: Anna, I smell smoke.
ANNA: If you smell smoke, call the fire department!
(Anna begins to evacuate her coworkers.)
ANNA: If you smell smoke, get out of the building. Come on people, we have a fire emergency! Leave your things and evacuate calmly and quickly. Very good. Very good.
ANNA: We have a fire emergency. No, take the stairs Let’s get out. Let’s get out safely.
(Anna and coworkers stand outside of the building.)
ANNA: We got out in less than 6 minutes! Good job, people! Wait. Where’s Pete?
PENELOPE: I know where he is. I’ll go get him.

ANNA: No! Never go back into a burning building! The fire department is coming. Stay calm, Pete. Help is on the way! Help is on the way!

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

Let’s review! You’ll remember conditionals from Lessons 12 and Lesson 13. Conditionals show that something is true only when something else is true.

TYPE 1 conditionals have a real event, and a result that probably will happen.
Sentence Form Examples
If + present tense verb ... will-future verb. “If you run, the fire will burn faster.”
If + present tense verb … modal + simple verb. “If you are in a building that is on fire, you must not use the elevator.”
If + present tense verb … simple verb without subject (imperative) “If you smell smoke, call the fire department!”
TYPE 2 conditionals have an improbable event and its probable result. These conditionals are not based on real situations.
Sentence Form Examples
If + past tense verb ...would + simple verb. “If I were you, I’d want to learn as much as possible.”
If + past tense verb…would + present continuous. If people didn’t burn toast, the fire alarm would not be ringing so often.
Emergency Language

Today, you learned important language to use for fire emergencies. Study and remember them. How many can you remember?
Helpful Language Helpful Phrases
emergency exit/s
evacuation plan
fire extinguisher
fire truck
fire station
fire department
fire drill/s
catch fire / catch on fire
Install fire alarms.
I smell smoke.
Do you smell smoke?
There’s a fire!
Call the fire department!
The building is on fire!
Stop, drop and roll.
Now, You Try It

Test yourself on what you learned!

What do we call a person who fights fires?
What's the name of the place where this person lives and works?
What are some things you can do to prepare for a fire?
What do we call practicing safely leaving a building?
If you smell smoke, what should you do?
If you see a fire, what are some things you might say?
If your clothes catch on fire, what do you do?

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New Words
  • alarmn. a device that makes a loud sound as a warning or signal
  • catch on firev. to begin to burn
  • cleareradj. not blocked by anything (comparative form of clear)
  • closeadj. near in space
  • doorn. a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building or vehicle
  • emergencyn. an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action
  • evacuationn. the action of leaving or removing someone from a dangerous place
  • exitn. something, such as a door, that is used as a way to leave a place
  • fire drilln. an activity in which people practice leaving a place quickly so that they will know what to do if there is a fire
  • fire department –​ n. an organization for preventing and putting out fires​
  • fire extinguishern. a metal container filled with chemicals that is used to put out a fire
  • fire departmentn. the department of a local authority in charge of preventing and fighting fires
  • firehousen. a building in which the members of a fire department and the equipment used to put out fires are located
  • fire stationn. another word for firehouse
  • handyadj. near or close
  • installv. to make a machine or service ready to be used in a certain place
  • lowadv. at or to a low place or level
  • openv. to move a door or window so that an opening is no longer covered
  • maintainv. to keep something in good condition by making repairs or correcting problems
  • monitorn. a person who has the job of checking or watching some activity or behavior
  • risev. to move upward
  • safetyn. freedom from harm or danger
  • smoken. the cloud of black, gray, or white gases and dust that is produced by burning something
  • stayv. to continue to be in a specified state, condition, or position
  • touchv. to put your hand, fingers, et cetera on something or someone
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