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“Whaddya” (what + do + you) | English Pronunciation Lesson

…or listen to the audio while you read the text to practice your listening skills:


Many people think that native English speakers speak fast, but actually, what can make us difficult to understand is how we transform language. We do this by connecting our speech, deleting sounds, and de-stressing vowels.

A common phrase that is transformed by native English speakers is the beginning of the wh-question:

  • “What do you….?”

which we say as:

  • “whaddya?”


  • What do you want to do today?”

Notice how:

  • “what do you” –> “whaddya
  • “want to” –> “wanna

Listen Again

  • What do you want to do today?”

So, why is “What do you…?” pronounced as “whaddya”?

What + do + you

To pronounce and understand this phrase like a native English speaker:

1) whatdoyou – connect speech (consonant + consonant)

2) whatdəyou – de-stress the vowel sound in “do”. So, the [uw] in “do” –> [ə] [də]

3) whadyou – combining the /t/ and /d/ causes you to delete the [t] in “what” and just say the [d] from “do”.

4) whadya – de-stress the vowel sound in “you“. So, the [uw] in “you” –> [ə] [yə]

whaddya [wʌdyə]

What + do + you  arrow right3  whaddya [wʌdyə]

Got it? Let’s practice.

Notice how in these “wh”-questions, my intonation goes down at the end of each question.


Listen and Repeat

  • What do you think of this shirt?”
  • What do you want for dinner tonight?”
  • “What do you prefer — vanilla or chocolate?”
  • What do you typically eat on Thanksgiving?”

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