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Lesson 17 | When did you?

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

What did you?

When did you?

Why did you?

You learned that instead of saying “Did you” in questions you can use “Didya,” “Didja,” and “Dja.”

Didya see the whale?

Didja see the whale?

Dja see the whale?

You’ll practice using this same changes when asking What, When, and Why questions.

Whatdidya see?

Whatdidja see?

Whadja see?

Let’s get started.

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Exercise 1

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

What did you want to buy?

Whatdidya wanna buy?

When did you call me?

Whendidja call me?

Why did you use a telescope?

Whydja use a telescope?

Now listen to the three changes made when asking these questions.

“What did you” changes to

Whatdidya

Whatdidja

Whadja

Whatdidya see?

Whatdidja see?

Whadja see?

“When do you” changes to

Whendidya

Whendidja

Whendja

Whendidya see them?

Whendidja seeum?

Whendja seeum?

“Why do you” changes to

Whydidya

Whydidja

Whydja

Whydidya stop there?

Whydidja stop there?

Whydja stop there?

Listen

Whatdidya wanna buy?

Whendidja wana buy it?

Whydja wanna buy one?

Read

Whatdidya wanna buy?

Whendidja wana buy it?

Whydja wanna buy one?

Exercise 2

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Read these questions slowly to practice the changes.

Whatdidya see?

Whatdidja see?

Whadja see?

Whendidya go kayakun?

Whendidja see the turtle?

Whendja go sailun?

Whydidya go upstairs?

Whydidja press that button?

Whydja look in the water?

Now ask these questions quickly.

Whatdidya see?

Whatdidja see?

Whadja see?

Whendidya go kayakun?

Whendidja see the turtle?

Whendja go sailun?

Whydidya go upstairs?

Whydidja press that button?

Whydja look in the water?

Exercise 3

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Now for practice ask these questions quickly as you would in conversation.

Whatdidya wanna do?

Whatdidya hafta get?

Whendidya wanna buy one?

Whendidya wanna go?

Whydidya need ta leave early?

Whatdidja wanna do?

Whatdidja hafta get?

Whendidja wanna buy one?

Whendidja wanna go?

Whydidja need ta leave early?

Whadja wanna do?

Whadja hafta get?

Whendja wanna buy one?

Whendja wanna go?

Whydja need ta leave early?

Exercise 4

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Now, listen to these questions, then repeat them speaking slowly and clearly without the changes.

Whatdidya hafta do?

Whadja hafta do at work taday?

Whendidya hafta go ta work?

Whendja have lunch?

Whydja use my phone?

Listen and Change (listening)

Now ask these questions quickly as you would in normal conversation.

What did you have to do?

What did you do at work today?

When did you have to go to work?

When did you have lunch?

Why did you use my phone?

Final Conversation

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

Hi, Whadja do last night?

Nothun much. Didja call?

Yeah. Butcha didn’t answer.

Whenja call? I didn’t hear it.

About 8:30.

Ah, I went out ta the store.

Okay. Areya comun over later?

Sure. Whendidya want me ta come?

In about an hour. Okay?

Yep.

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