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Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Monster » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:32 pm

I am looking for some information regarding certain English phrases and in which countries they're spoken.

The phrases in question are these:

wanna (which means want to)
gonna (which means going to)
didja (which means did you)
gotta (which means got to)

There are many more similar words. However, those 4 are good enough.

So, dear readers, can you write a response in this thread, and copy the text below and type your answers after the ":".

The country in which I reside:
The country in which I spoke English the most:
The country in which I learned English:

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in my country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna:
gonna:
didja:
gotta:

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna:
gonna:
didja:
gotta:

I'll go first.

The country in which I reside: USA
The country in which I spoke English the most: USA
The country in which I learned English: USA

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in your country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Poodle » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:32 pm

For you, Monster, anything ...

The country in which I reside: UK
The country in which I spoke English the most: UK
The country in which I learned English: UK

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in my country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna: N
gonna: N
didja: N
gotta: N


But I have to add ... I grew up in Yorkshire and used all of those words in my childhood. I intentionally removed them from my speech, given that I didn't want to be forced to get a job in the local coal-mine or plastics factory.

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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Monster » Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:13 pm

Poodle wrote:For you, Monster, anything ...

The country in which I reside: UK
The country in which I spoke English the most: UK
The country in which I learned English: UK

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in my country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna: N
gonna: N
didja: N
gotta: N


But I have to add ... I grew up in Yorkshire and used all of those words in my childhood. I intentionally removed them from my speech, given that I didn't want to be forced to get a job in the local coal-mine or plastics factory.

Thanks muchly.
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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby TJrandom » Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:43 pm

For you, Monster, almost anything ...

The country in which I reside: Japan
The country in which I spoke English the most: Japan (longest in years...)
The country in which I learned English: US

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in my country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna: N
gonna: N
didja: N
gotta: N

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna: N
gonna: N
didja: N
gotta: N


I recall hearing didjaeat (or maybe it was just jeat) from a New Jersian many years ago and assumed it was an East Coast thing. Some of the others I have seen in print - mostly in racy novels (how else are ya gonna learn English...)?

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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Gord » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:51 am

The country in which I reside: Canawdah, eh?
The country in which I spoke English the most: Canawdah
The country in which I learned English: Still Canawdah

This word is used in my country. (Put a Y next to a word that is used in your country, and put an N next to a word that is not used.)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words. (Y or N again)
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

...and many more! In my family, slurring multiple words together is a "thing"! And yet, we're still not as slurred as many others who live around me. The lower your income, the more words you slur together, it would seem.
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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Frank Hoffman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:11 am

The country in which I reside: USA Midwest
The country in which I spoke English the most: USA Midwest
The country in which I learned English: USA Midwest

This word is used in my (part of the) country.
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words.
wanna: N
gonna: Y ( always pronounced "arya-gonna", "arwee-gonna" or "izshee-gonna" )
didja: N
gotta: N ( I use "havta" instead )

And like Poodle I removed them for all of my professional life, but now that I am retired I find them creeping back in.

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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Matthew Ellard » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:16 am

The country in which I reside: Australia
The country in which I spoke English the most: Australia
The country in which I learned English: Australia

This word is used in my country.
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: N
gotta: Y

I speak these words.
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: N
gotta: Y


A "Goanna" is a nickname, after the Australian lizard, for a person who is always gonna do something but never does.

I guess, but don't know, "didja" is not used as it is too close to Didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument.

I am a well spoken middle class Australian.

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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Monster » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:11 pm

Spank you all for your input.
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Re: Survey regarding certain English words and your country

Postby Austin Harper » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:02 pm

The country in which I reside: USA
The country in which I spoke English the most: USA
The country in which I learned English: USA

This word is used in my country:
wanna: Y
gonna: Y
didja: Y
gotta: Y

I speak these words:
wanna: N
gonna: N
didja: N
gotta: N
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