Fun Easy English Classroom September 6


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American English Reduction "lotsa"

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

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • lotsa = lots + of
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I plan on eating lotsa food at the buffet.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I plan on eating lots of food at the buffet.
Examples: "lotsa"
  • Are you planning on doing lotsa things on your vacation?
  • (Meaning: Are you planning on doing lots of things on your vacation?)
  • She likes to read lotsa books.
  • (Meaning: She likes to read lots of books.)
  • He always wants lotsa sugar in his coffee.
  • (Meaning: He always wants lots of sugar in his coffee.)
  • Are you planning to get lotsa money?
  • (Meaning: Are you planning to get lots of money?)
  • They brought lotsa presents for the kids.
  • (Meaning: They brought lots of presents for the kids.)
Fun Easy English Reductions Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Lotsa

The reduction lotsa is used frequently in normal conversation. This is even more common among kids.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as lotsa 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

Allan Sherman - Lotsa Luck

Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon; November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973) was an American comedy writer, television producer, singer and actor who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer (1962), became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. His biggest hit single was "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh", a comic novelty in which a boy describes his summer camp experiences to the tune of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours.

This video is a good example of the usage of "lotsa", and "gonna" English language reductions.

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When you're driving through the desert, and your car runs out of gas
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
When you try to stop some strangers they will holler as they pass
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
So you walk eight miles, and all uphill, to call the Auto Club
And the whole thing's nip and tuck
'Cause they'll ask you for your number, and your number's in your wallet
And your wallet's in your car, so lotsa luck
When your television set breaks down and needs repairin' bad
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
You look through the Yellow Pages for an honest-looking ad
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
Then the fellow comes, and says your set must go into the shop
And he takes it in his truck
Four months later when he brings it back, it's someone else's set
Besides he drops it down the steps, so lotsa luck
Some people think a horseshoe's gonna bring them lots of luck
A horseshoe is a luck charm, of course
But for every set of horseshoes human beings use for luck
Somewhere in this world's a barefoot horse. (a barefoot horse)
When you buy a tape recorder of the automatic kind
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
If it's simplified for folks who aren't mechanically inclined
Lotsa luck, pal, lotsa luck
There's a small instruction booklet that's one hundred pages long
And on page one you get stuck
It says, if unsatisfactory you must bring this to the factory
And the factory's in Japan, so Rotsa Ruck!
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