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Dear forum teachers!

I ran into a lot of questions about the contraction forms in colloquial American English. And I guess there's a whole lot of other people who have been confused about these questions too, especially when we are watching English TV shows. So I guess if I put these questions here and make them clear, which would benefit a " huge amounts" of people in the future , including me! Many thanks!!

Okay, first, let us start with "What are you", according to the phonetic materials I got from my previous English school, which shows that "What are you" can be contracted as "Wachya" or " wacha".

Could you change these "Wachya" and " wacha" into IPA symbols (International Phonetic Alphabet)? I do not know how to pronounce these symbols like this, since our English teacher only taught us how to pronounce English words with IPA when we started learning English. Are they /wɑ:ʧə/ ?

Here's the IPA Typer: http://www.e-lang.co.uk/mackichan/call/pron/type.html
And I will upload the materials I have got.

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I can not upload attachment with Java, I do not know what kind of problem it is, s I put it in a file host.

/wətʃə/ is used before an -ing word as a short form of "What are you ...?"

Whatcha doing?
Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha lookin' at?

It is also used as a short form of "What do you ..."

Whatcha want?
Whatcha need?
Whatcha think about it?

It's only used in very casual speech.

CJ
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CalifJim/wətʃə/ is used before an -ing word as a short form of "What are you ...?"

Whatcha doing?
Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha lookin' at?
Hi, CalifJim,

Thank you very much for your reply!!

Okay, so "Wachya" and "wacha" are same thing, they are both pronounced as /wətʃə/, right?

Then How do you contract "do you - ’dy’a" ? I do not know understand this symbol - ’dy’a . Is it /dəjə/ or /dɪjə/ ??

And I also have a question about "What did you" - Wudidya , wudja , wudjya , are they for /wɑ:dɪʤə/, /wɑ:ʤə/, /wɑ:djə/, or /wʊdɪʤə/, /wʊʤə/, /wʊdjə/ ?? Is it /wɑ:/ or /wʊ/ ?

CalifJim, thanks for your help.
nideaThen How do you contract "do you - ’dy’a" ? I do not know understand this symbol - ’dy’a . Is it /dəjə/ or /dɪjə/ ??
DO YOU = It seems to me that in American English it's always /dəjə/, and that is used in British English too, but in British English /ʤə/ is also possible.
In American English, /ʤə/ is sometimes used as a contraction of "DID YOU" at the beginning of a question, but not as a contraction of DO YOU.

WHAT DID YOU = /wədɪʤə/, sometimes also /wəʤə/ but I am not sure, since I think that's an extreme contraction that is usually found only in certain short questions: Wujuh do, man? = What did you do, man?
Kooyeen
nideaThen How do you contract "do you - ’dy’a" ? I do not know understand this symbol - ’dy’a . Is it /dəjə/ or /dɪjə/ ??
DO YOU = It seems to me that in American English it's always /dəjə/, and that is used in British English too, but in British English /ʤə/ is also possible.
In American English, /ʤə/ is sometimes used as a contraction of "DID YOU" at the beginning of a question, but not as a contraction of DO YOU.

WHAT DID YOU = /wədɪʤə/, sometimes also /wəʤə/ but I am not sure, since I think that's an extreme contraction that is usually found only in certain short questions: Wujuh do, man? = What did you do, man?

Hi, Kooyeen,

Thank you!!!! You are always so obliging to others. Thanks a lot! I get it now!

Good day!

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