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Lesson 11 | What do you?

Let’s continue practicing simple questions in the present. In this lesson you’ll ask simple questions using:

What do you?

When do you?

Why do you?

Youve learned that instead of saying “Do you” in question you can use the sound “Dya.” “Dya take the bus?” You’ll practice using this same sound when asking What, When, and Why questions.

Whendya take the bus?

Let’s get started.

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Exercise 1

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Listen to these examples of simple questions that use “Do you.”

What do you have to buy?

Whadya hafta buy?

When do you have to be there?

Whendya hafta be there?

Why do you have to fix the roof?

Whydya hafta fix the roof?

“What do you” changes to “whadya.”

Whadya Whadya hafta buy?

“When do you” changes to “whendya.”

Whendya Whendya hafta be there?

“Why do you” changes to “whydya.”

Whydya Whydya hafta fix the roof?

Listen

Whadya hafta buy?

Whendya hafta buy it?

Whydya hafta buy one?

Read

Whadya hafta buy?

Whendya hafta buy it?

Whydya hafta buy one?

Exercise 2

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For practice, say these sentences slowly.

Whadya wanna buy?

Whadya wanna get?

Whendya wanna go riding?

Whendya hafta mow the lawn?

Whydya want raspberries?

Whydya hafta fix the roof?

Repeat (reading)

Now read it quickly.

Whadya wanna buy?

Whadya wanna get?

Whendya wanna go riding?

Whendya hafta mow the lawn?

Whydya want raspberries?

Whydya hafta fix the roof?

Exercise 3

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Listen to these questions spoken quickly, then repeat them speaking slowly and clearly.

For example, make this change.

Whadya have in your hand?

What do you have in your hand?

Now you try it. Repeat these questions slowly for practice.

Whadya hafta do at work taday?

Whendya hafta go to work?

Whendya wanna eat lunch?

Whydya wanna use my phone?

Whydya wanna talk ta her?

Repeat (listening)

Now repeat these sentences quickly.

What do you have in your hand?

What do you have to do at work?

When do you have to go to work?

When do you want to eat lunch?

Why do you want to use my phone?

Why do you want to talk to her?

Exercise 4

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Saying “Whadya” isn’t the fastest way that it’s pronounced. I often change the words “Whadya” to a single sound “Whatya.”

Whatya wanna do?

It’s the same with “When do you” and “Why do you.” You can shorten them to,

Whenya Whenya wanna go home?

Whya Whya wanna go home?

Listen

Whatya wanna buy now?

Whatya need ta do?

Whenya hafta leave?

Whenya wanna buy one?

Whya hafta go now?

Read

Now you try it, ask these questions slowly using the changes for practice.

Whatya wanna buy now?

Whatya need ta do?

Whenya hafta leave?

Whenya wanna buy one?

Whya hafta go now?

Read and Change

Now, you say these sentences quickly using “Whatya,” “Whenya,”
and “Whyya.”

What do you want to buy now?

What do you need to do?

When do you have to leave?

When do you want to buy one?

Why do you have to go now?

Exercise 5

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You’ve learned to say,

What do you

Whadya

Whatya

And you can also shorten “Whatya” to say, “Whatcha.”

Whatcha wanna do?

Whatcha wanna buy?

Whatcha need ta get?

Let’s briefly practice asking questions with “Whatcha.”

Read to these questions and change them to use “Whatcha.”

What are you going to buy?

What do you want to buy?

What are you doing?

What do you have to do?

What are you looking for?

Read and Change

Change these questions to speak them quickly using “Whadya,” “Whendya,” “Whydya.”

What do you do at work?

Why do you have to be there early?

When do you get home from work?

What do you want to do tomorrow?

When do you have to leave?

Comment

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You’ve learned that you can say “Whataya” instead of “What are you.” You can also say “Whadya” instead of “What do you.”

What are you going to do?

Whataya gunna do?

What do you want to do?

Whadya wanna do?

In informal conversation, you can say “Whataya” and “Whadya” for the same question. It’s kind of a question word that means the same thing.

Whataya gunna do?

Whadya gunna do?

They mean the same and sound nearly the same.

So if you say, “Whataya wanna do” or “Whadya wanna do” in informal conversation, no one will likely notice the difference. You would never write this. It is very informal. And when you speak slowly and clearly, you would say, “What are you” or “What do you.”

Whataya gunna buy?

Whadya gunna buy?

Read and Change

For practice, say these sentences using both “Whataya” and “Whadya.”

Whataya wanna do?

Whataya gunna buy now?

Whataya thinkun a doun now?

Whataya havun fer lunch?

Whataya gunna do now?

Final Conversation

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Okay, listen to this conversation for the changes that you’ve learned.

Hi, Whatcha doun?

Nothun much. Whya askun?

Oh, I wanna go ta the movies.

Okay, gotcha. Whenya wanna go?

Right now.

Okay, I’ll be there in a coupla minutes.

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