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American English Reduction "howdya"

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

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • howdya = how + do + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Howdya make delicious sushi?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • How do you make delicious sushi?
Examples: "howdya"
  • Howdya get to the bus station?
  • (Meaning: What are the directions to the bus station?)
  • Howdya find time to read every night?
  • (Meaning: How do find time to read every night?)
  • Howdya play tennis?
  • (Meaning: What are the rules or method for playing tennis?)
  • Howdya find all these nice rocks?
  • (Meaning: What method did you use to find all these nice rocks?)
  • Howdya know is a storm is coming?
  • (Meaning: What method do you use to know if a storm is coming?)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Howdya

This reduction is used quite often among native English speakers especially when asking for instructions about the way to do something.
Howdya do this?
Note: Reductions

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


Nicki Minaj - Right Thru Me

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (/mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain and raised in the Queens borough of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs, her distinct flow, and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. After signing with Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Minaj released her first studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album yielded Minaj's first Billboard Hot 100 top-five single, "Super Bass".

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

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Lyrics

You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
You let me win, you let me ride
You let me rock, you let me slide
And when they lookin', you let me hide
Defend my honor, protect my pride
The good advice I always hated
But lookin' back, it made me greater
You always told me forget the haters
Just get my money, just get my weight up
Know when I'm lyin', know when I'm cryin'
It's like you got it down to a science
Why am I tryin'? Know you ain't buyin'
I tried to fight it back with defiance
You make me laugh, you make me hoarse
From yellin' at you and gettin' at you
Pickin up dishes, throwin' 'em at you
Why are you speakin' when no one asked you?
You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya?
What are we doin'? Could you see through me?
'Cause you say, "Nicki," and I say, "Who, me?"
And you say, "No, you," and I say, "Screw you"
Then you start dressin' and you start leavin'
And I start cryin' and I start screamin'
The heavy breathin', but what's the reason?
Always get the reaction you wanted
I'm actually frontin', I'm askin' you somethin', yo
Answer this question, class is in session
Tired of lettin' passive-aggression
Control my mind, capture my soul
Okay, you're right, just let it go
Okay, you got it, it's in the can
Before I played it, you knew my hand
You could turn a free throw to a goal
Nigga got the peephole to my soul
You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya? (Do that)
Howdya?
Stop (Ooh)
Stop (Ooh)
Won't you just stop lookin' through me? 'Cause I can't take it
No, I can't take it (You see right)
You see right through me
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya do that shit?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
Howdya?
You see right through me
You see right through me, baby
You see right through me (Do that shit)
You see right through me (Howdya do that shit?)
Howdya do that? Howdya do that?
Howdya do that? Howdya do that?
Baby
 
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Neighborhood Problem

Wife: We’ve got to do something about the neighbor’s dog!

Husband: Why? Has he been into your flower garden again?

Wife: The flower garden, the garbage can, and yesterday he started digging holes in the yard!

Husband: Did you talk to Mrs. Gorham about it?

Wife: You know how she is. All sweetness and light to your face but then she never does anything. They should either keep that animal in the house or tied up!

Husband: I’ll talk to Hank about it tonight. He usually listens.

Wife: We need more than listening, dear. We need action!
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  • All sweetness and light to your face
  • Excessively agreeable and pleasant in the direct confrontation
  • Hank
  • Mr. Gorham
Source: U.S. State Department
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