Fun Easy English Classroom January 14


Learn the American
English reduction
American English Reduction "whassup"

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn "whassup" an American English reduction.
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Reductions: "whassup"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • whassup = what + is + up
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Hey, whassup?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Hey, what is up?
  • (Meaning: What is new? or What's new? or What's going on?)
Examples: "whassup"
  • Hey man, whassup?
  • (Meaning: What's new?)
  • Whassup with your girlfriend these days?
  • (Meaning: What's going on with your girlfriend....maybe she is acting strangely)
  • Whassup with these drink prices?
  • (Meaning: Why are these drink price so high?)
  • Whassup with your lousy attitude?
  • (Meaning: Why are you being difficult?)
  • Whassup with that smell?
  • (Meaning: What is that awful smell?)
Note: Whassup can also be used as a greeting (same as hi or hello) without actually asking somebody for information (What's new?) every time.
From YOUR Teacher: Whassup

Hey I was kinda wondering whassup with all of you. I wanna know what kindsa lessons you want to see in Fun Easy English. Post a comment at the bottom of any Fun Easy English page and lemme know. I really wancha to do this. Your posts will gimme some ideas for new lessons. I am gonna add a lot of new stuff to the Fun Easy English classroom.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as whassup 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 English speakers.
  • Reductions are used extensively in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers.
Reductions in Music and TV
Budweiser Original Whassup Commercial

This is an old Budweiser beer commercial (advertisement) with the English language reduction "whassup" used about a bazillion times. lol. Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Budweiser Original Whassup Commercial 8 Years Later

This is pretty much the same commercial with the same guys 8 years later. Pretty funny. Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Budweiser Original Whassup Commercial With Old Women

This is pretty much the same commercial with old women. Very cute. Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
Conversation Lesson 14 - How About This?
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna is going to the theater with her friends. She does not know what to wear. She looks in a magazine to get help and gets a surprise.
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hi, there! In Washington, D.C. people do many things in the evening. They go listen to music. They eat at a restaurant. They go to the theater.
Anna: Tonight I am going to the theater with my friends. But I don’t know what clothes to wear. Maybe this magazine can help.
Anna: Her clothes are beautiful! I really want a friend like her to help me.
Anna: Who are you?
Genie: I am Genie! You want help. I am here to help you find the right clothes!
Anna: Awesome! How about jeans and a t-shirt?
Genie: No! Jeans and a t-shirt are too casual. How about something more formal?
Anna: Sure!
Anna: Wow! Genie, this dress is beautiful. But it’s not the right size. It’s too small.
Genie: Yes, it is too small. But green looks great on you.
Anna: Thanks.
Genie: Take off the green dress. Let’s try a green shirt and a skirt.
Anna: Oh, Genie! This green shirt is too large and this orange skirt is too orange.
Genie: Yes, the right size for you is medium. Let’s try again.
Anna: Oh, I don’t like this outfit.
Genie: No. That does not match.
Anna: Nothing.
Anna: These clothes are formal: a suit jacket, a dress shirt and a tie! They look great!
Genie: Those clothes look great … for a man! Something is wrong.
Anna: Let me see.
Anna: There. Now try.
Genie: Oh. Thanks! Now these clothes look great on you!
Anna: They do! Um, Genie, can you put on a gold belt?
Genie: Sure!
Genie: That looks great.
Anna: Can you put on a jacket?
Genie: Why not?
Anna: I love the jacket! How about a hat?
Genie: Why not?
Genie: Mm, take off the hat. That’s better.
Anna: Genie, these clothes look and feel great! Let’s go to the theater!
Genie: Sorry, Anna. I have to help other friends. Go to the magazine if you want me to help again.
Anna: Thanks, Genie. Sure thing. Goodbye!
Genie: Goodbye!
Anna: There are many places in DC to go for a great evening out! And it’s nice to have a friend to help me look my best. Until next time! Bye!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn two ways to make a suggestion.

In this video, you ​learn about describing clothing with color words.
New Words
  • casual - adj. designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc
  • clothes - n. the things that people wear to cover their bodies and that are usually made from cloth
  • formal - adj. requiring or using serious and proper clothes and manners
  • large - adj. great in size or amount
  • magazine - n. a type of thin book with a paper cover that contains stories, essays, pictures, etc.
  • man - n. an adult male human being
  • matchv. to be suited to (someone or something); to go well with (someone or something)
  • medium - n. something that is sold in a medium size; something that is the middle size when compared with things that are larger and smaller
  • music - n. sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments
  • nothing - pron. not anything; not a thing
  • outfit - n. a set of clothes that are worn together
  • put on - phrasal verb to dress yourself in (clothing)
  • restaurant - n. a place where you can buy and eat a meal
  • size - n. one of a series of standard measurements in which clothing, shoes, etc., are made
  • take off - phrasal verb to remove (something)
  • theater - n. a building where plays, shows, etc., are performed on a stage
  • too - adv. usually used at the end of a sentence or clause; in addition; also
  • wear - v. to use or have (something) as clothing; to have (a shirt, pants, etc.) over part of your body

What do you like to wear to go out in the evening? What are you wearing today? Write ​about your clothes and their colors and sizes in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
Source: Voice of America
Additional Information
Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.