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American English Reduction "howjya"

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

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • howjya = how + did + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Howjya get the money for school?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • How did you get the money for school?
Examples: "howjya"
  • Howjya like the game last night?
  • (Meaning: What did you think of the game last night?)
  • Howjya make all this money?
  • (Meaning: What method did you use to make all this money?)
  • Howjya find all these discounts?
  • (Meaning: What method did you use to find all these inexpensive items?)
  • Howjya get such a sexy girlfriend?
  • (Meaning: How were you able to obtain a really sexy girlfriend?)
  • Howjya pay off the loan on your house already?
  • (Meaning: What method did you use to quickly pay the entire balance of your home loan?)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Howjya

This reduction is used quite often among native English speakers especially when asking about a specific topic.

Howjya like the movie last night?
Note: Reductions

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


Shinedown - How Did You Love

Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed by singer Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of Dreve, his previous band. Smith, still under contract with record label Atlantic Records, recruited the band's original lineup of Jasin Todd as guitarist, Brad Stewart on bass, and Barry Kerch on drums.

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

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Lyrics

You can have the sound of a thousand voices calling your name
You can have the light of the world blind you, bath you in grace
But I don't see so easily what you hold in your hands
'Cause castles crumble, kingdoms fall and turn into sand
You can be an angel of mercy or give into hate
You can try to buy it just like it every other careless mistake
How do you justify I'm mystified by the ways of your heart
With a million lies the truth will rise to tear you apart
Woah
No one gets out alive, every day is do or die
The one thing you leave behind
Is howjya love, howjya love?
It's not what you believe those prayers will make you bleed
But while you're on your knees
Howjya love, howjya love, howjya love?
Nothing ever feels the quite same when you are what you dreamed
And you will never look at anything the same when you see what I see
How we forget ourselves, loose our way from the cradle to the grave
You can't replicate or duplicate, gotta find your own way woah
No one gets out alive, every day is do or die
The one thing you leave behind
Is howjya love, howjya love?
It's not what you believe those prayers will make you bleed
But while you're on your knees
Howjya love, howjya love, howjya love?
This ain't no cross to carry
We are the judge and jury we are the judge and jury
No one gets out alive, every day is do or die
The one thing you leave behind
Is howjya love, howjya love?
It's not what you believe those prayers will make you bleed
But while you're on your knees
Howjya love, howjya love, howjya love?
This ain't no cross to carry
We are the judge and jury, we are the judge and jury
Howjya love, howjya love?
Howjya love, howjya love?
 
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