Whenjya is an American English reduction often used in
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Reductions are reduced forms of
Reductions, such as whenjya are
not real words in English.
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order to sound more natural.
You need to know reductions in
order to understand conversations between native
Reductions are used extensively
in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in
conversations among native English speakers.
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Travel America -
Level. Do you love America and American
English? Learn before you travel. Facts and other
cool stuff about your favorite U.S. state. Great
English reading practice.
America - Iowa
Learn some interesting facts and read interesting
stories about Iowa.
Although it is sometimes called the "Corn State,"
Iowa really is a breadbasket for the U.S., with 90
percent of its land devoted to farming. The main
products are corn and hogs. Named for the Iowa
River, which was named for the Iowa, or Ioway,
Indians, Iowa joined the Union in 1846 as the 29th
state. The wild rose is the state flower and the
capital is Des Moines.
Iowa was almost 75 years old before the state banner
was adopted by the Legislature in 1921. With memory of the
Civil War still fresh in their minds, Iowans had not adopted
a state banner because they felt a national banner was the
only one needed.
Iowa's flag was designed by the state's Daughters of the
American Revolution in response to Iowa national Guardsmen
stationed at the Mexican border during WWI that requested an
emblem of Iowa to represent their unit.
The flag consists of three vertical stripes: the blue stripe
stands for loyalty, justice and truth; the white stripe for
purity; and the red stripe for courage. On the white center
an eagle carries streamers in its beak which are inscribed
with the state's motto: "Our liberties we prize and our
rights we will maintain." The name "IOWA" is in red below
the streamers. The eagle carrying streamers also appears on
Iowa's state seal.
What are some of the ethnic groups in your community? Do any of them
have a museum to honor their heritage? Cedar Rapids, Iowa, may not
seem a likely place for a museum honoring Czechs and Slovaks, but
that's exactly where you will find the National Czech and Slovak
Museum and Library.
In October 1996, three heads of state, America's Bill Clinton, the
Czech Republic's Vaclav Havel, and Slovakia's Michal Kovac dedicated
the museum and library, which were created to preserve the cultural
traditions of some of the first immigrants to the Cedar Rapids area
-- Czech and Slovak farmers. Although there are differences, Czechs
and Slovaks share a common Slavic heritage. An interesting piece of
shared Czech and Slovak culture is that spiders are considered good
luck. So don't forget to say "dobr'y den" the next time you see a
spider. It means "good day" in Czech!
Prairie Voices - Teaching History
How much do you know about the history of your state? In Iowa, state
officials are making sure that Iowans know their state history. They
have even created a special educational program to teach students.
The State Historical Society of Iowa appointed a Blue Ribbon Task
Force on the Teaching of Iowa History because some were concerned
that young people were growing up with little understanding or
appreciation of their Iowa heritage. Prairie Voices: An Iowa
Heritage Curriculum was created to teach Iowa's historical and
As part of Prairie Voices, a timeline has been created to document
the state's history that goes back 2.5 billion years! How far back
can you trace your state's history? Other sources of information for
students to learn about Iowa history include historic farms,
cemetery studies, historic sites and Native American history and
heritage. How many sources can you think of to learn about your
Iowa State Fair
Iowa is a state of farms. It is one of the leading producers of food
in America, and its annual state fair celebrates Iowa's important
contributions to the nation's well being.
Since 1854, people from every corner of the state have flocked to
Des Moines for the annual Iowa State Fair every August. The fair is
the state's largest event, attracting nearly 1 million visitors a
year -- not only from Iowa but also from all over the Midwest. The
fair's primary purpose is to celebrate Iowa's livelihood -- farming.
There are livestock shows, including exhibitions of dairy and beef
cattle, sheep, hogs, horses and poultry. The fair also provides a
place for farmers to meet and discuss innovations, equipment, and
successes. There is also a place where visitors can hold the baby
In addition to animals there are many other activities at the fair.
Some people show off their cooking skills or compete in a talent
show. In the cultural center, the fair hosts the state's largest
arts show, featuring photography, sculpture, and painting.
Many of the people who founded Iowa were from the Netherlands. Can
you think of something the Netherlands is famous for that people
might have brought with them? Hint: it's a type of flower.
If you answered "tulips," you would be right. You'd also be right to
guess that Iowa still loves this springtime flower. So much so that
the state holds a three-day Tulip Festival in the city of Pella to
remember the sacrifices of the town's Dutch founding fathers.
Hendrik Pieter Scholte, born in 1805 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
was the founder of Pella. Scholte was a minister who immigrated with
his wife, three daughters and a following of 800 people to build
their "City of Refuge" in America in the late 1840s. They came to
seek religious freedom. They moved to a rural area and by necessity
Scholte became a jack-of-all-trades. He laid out a plan for the
town, chose names for the streets, and built a "make-do" church. He
took care of legal affairs, started a lime and brick kiln and a
sawmill, opened a bank, established a newspaper, and became the
postmaster and the land agent. That's a lot of extra work for an
already busy preacher! As you can tell, tulips were just one part of
Dutch culture that Scholte and his followers brought with them to
Iowa's Most Popular Crop
About 90 percent of Iowa's land is dedicated to farming. In addition
to producing soybeans and raising livestock, the state grows corn in
great quantities. Much of its economy is based on the production of
corn and corn byproducts -- popcorn, corn oil, corn syrup, cornmeal,
cornstarch, and animal feed.
Corn, also known as maize, was grown in the Americas long before the
European explorers arrived. It was an important source of food for
many native peoples. Scientists believe that corn originated in
Mexico thousands of years ago and that Native Americans cultivated
it from a wild grass commonly known as teosinte. Archaeologists have
found traces of corn that are 5,300 years old.
National Balloon Classic
Have you ever seen a Flying Purple Eater? If you go to the National
Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa, in August, you just might. The
Flying Purple Eater is an insect-like hot-air balloon -- one of more
than 100 -- that takes part in this three-day event.
Held each year, this hot-air balloon competition and race began in
1970 as the first U.S. National Championship in ballooning. Do you
know how hot-air balloons work? Balloons are aerostats, which means
that they are lighter than air when inflated. Once a balloon is in
the air, it moves with an air mass or wind, which carries it along
at the same speed and in the same direction as the air.
Do you remember how the Wizard landed in Oz? He was in a hot-air
balloon. The pilot of the balloon has control of the altitude (how
high or low the balloon flies) and can alter its course by finding
an air mass going in a slightly different direction. Hot air
balloons use ordinary air as the lifting gas. By heating the air
inside the balloon, the pilot makes that air lighter than the
outside air, and the balloon rises. As the internal air cools, the
balloon becomes heavier and descends unless the pilot adds more
The following is a description of national monuments in the state
of Iowa. There are no national forests or
parks in this state. If you plan to visit or live in
Iowa for awhile then you should definitely
plan to visit some of these fantastic
This monument preserves three prehistoric
sites with 206 prehistoric mounds, notable
for 31 unusual mounds in the shape of
mammals, birds, or reptiles.
Do you love America and American English? Learn before
you travel. Facts and other cool stuff about your
favorite U.S. state. Visit the Fun Easy English Travel
America pages. Read about the beautiful National
Forests, Parks, and Monuments. Great English reading practice.
Planning to drive in America? Learn the rules and
regulations. Great English reading practice.
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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help
you study English more effectively. The English is
spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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