Wherjya is an American English reduction often used in
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Reductions are reduced forms of
Reductions, such as wherjya 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
Reductions are used extensively
in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in
conversations among native English speakers.
Reductions In Music and TV
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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 - Maine
Learn some interesting facts and read interesting
stories about Maine.
The largest of the New England states in area,
Maine, in 1820, was the 23rd state to join the
Union. Its name comes from an ancient French
province of the same name. The most sparsely
populated state east of the Mississippi River, it's
appropriately called the "Pine Tree State," as 90
percent of its land is forest. Not surprisingly,
most of Maine's economy is related to timber and the
production of paper and paper products although the
millions of tourists who flock each summer to
"Vacationland" are a significant source of revenue.
The capital is Augusta; the state flower is the
white pine cone and tassel.
The state flag of Maine was adopted in 1909. It
displays Maine's coat-of-arms on a field of blue (the same
shade of blue as the national flag). Maine's state seal also
displays the coat of arms.
The North star shines above Maine's motto: "Dirigo" ("I
Lead," or "I Direct"). The center shield features symbols of
the natural richness of Maine - a pine tree (white pine is
Maine's state tree, and "The Pine Tree State" is Maine's
nickname), a moose (the official state animal), the sea, and
The farmer is a symbol of pride in Maine's agricultural
roots. The sailor represents Maine's strong ties to the sea.
A banner below displays the state name; "MAINE" (in capital
The North star (Polaris) also appears on the state flag of
Alaska. Polaris is not merely a symbol of guidance -
travelers have depended on it for many centuries to find
their way (it always marks due north).
Would you ever guess that the closest U.S. port city to Europe is in
Maine? Well, it is.
The coastline of Maine totals about 3,500 miles and consists of
sandy beaches, peninsulas, islands, inlets, bays, coves and harbors.
Portland Harbor is one of many harbors on the Maine coast. The city
was built on two hilly peninsulas overlooking Casco Bay. The harbor
became a major shipbuilding and mast building center in the 18th
century. By 1806, Portland ranked as the sixth largest port in the
country. Its success made it a target for attack by the British
during the War of 1812 and by the Confederates during the Civil War.
Portland was also a target for German U-boats, or submarines, during
World War I. It was rated the most important harbor in the
continental U.S. during World War II, since it was the closest one
to Europe. The coastline and islands of Casco Bay were ringed with
artillery bunkers on the alert for submarines. Some fishermen and
divers claim that there are sunken German U-boats somewhere in Casco
The Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet tribes of Maine
are known as the Wabanaki Indians, or "People of the Dawn." They are
known for their baskets that they weave with the leaves of sweet
grass and thin strips of an ash tree (splints). These Indian tribes
share a common story that tells how their ancestors emerged from an
ash tree when the Creator split it with an arrow. So, for thousands
of years, they have used ash splints to make baskets for both
personal and community use. Today, many people collect them as
beautiful works of art.
The baskets fall into two categories: work baskets, which are used
for gathering, storing, and transporting goods, and fancy baskets,
ones that are crafted for the public, with decorative designs.
Intricate shapes and designs and bold colors are used to make woven
handkerchief baskets, powder-puff holders, purses, vases,
wastebaskets, thimble baskets, candy dishes, knitting baskets,
cradles, and fans.
Mary Mitchell Gabriel, a member of the Passamaquoddy tribe, has
spent more than 60 years perfecting the art of basket making. She is
working to preserve this important cultural tradition by teaching
her two daughters how to make the baskets. She is also teaching
others through the Maine Cooperative Extension Service and the Maine
What's a bean-hole bean? No, it's not a bean with a hole in it.
Bean-hole beans get their name because they are baked in a hole. For
hundreds of years, the Penobscot Indians of Maine cooked their food
in a hole in the ground. The first thing you need to cook bean-hole
beans is a shovel!
Recipe for bean-hole beans:
-Dig a hole in the ground 3 feet deep and line it with rocks.
-Build a fire in the hole and let it burn down to large embers and
ash. (This can take half a day before enough coals are produced to
cook the beans properly.)
-Use dry beans such as Great Northern, Yellow Eye, Jacob's Cattle,
-Other ingredients include onions, salt pork, ham hock, bacon,
tomatoes, brown sugar and molasses.
Put the beans and other ingredients in a cast iron pot and cover
with water and a lid. Place the pot in the hole, cover with a wet
dish towel or burlap sack, shovel some of the embers and ashes on
top of the pot, and then cover with dirt. Cooking time varies
depending on which recipe is used but it can take as long as 16
hours. Then get ready with a shovel and a bowl!
The following is a description of national
forests, parks, and monuments in the state
of Maine. If you plan to visit or live in
Maine for awhile then you should definitely
plan to visit some of these fantastic
This National Forest is located in the White
Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and
White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through.
The forest includes Mount Washington, which
at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) is the highest point
in the Northeast and the location of the
fastest wind speed recorded on earth,
although the summit is located in a state
park. This national forest is also partially
located in the state of New Hampshire.
Covering most of Mount Desert Island and
other coastal islands, Acadia features the
tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of
the United States, granite peaks, ocean
shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. There are
freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal
Woods and Waters
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
covers 87,563 acres (35,435 ha) of mountains
and wilderness in the North Maine Woods area
of north-central Maine, including a section
of the East Branch Penobscot River. It
borders the eastern side of Baxter State
Park in Penobscot County.
Acadia National Park
(Beginner - Listening,
A video lesson which shows you an interesting place in America.
The English is
spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Great English listening and reading practice.
This video is all about Acadia National Park.
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.
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regulations. Great English reading practice.
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you study English more effectively. The English is
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