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I heard some Americans talking and they said something like dia/d'ya instead of do you.

For example:

What time do you have

was said something like

what time dia/d'ya have

is that correct please?

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    That is a fairly accurate phonetic spelling of how "do you" is pronounced in casual American speech. But "d' ya" might be closer. The "i" in "dia" is not [I]. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 31 '15 at 16:49
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    Well, it's impossible to tell precisely what pronunciation the OP intends, but it seems like it might be reasonable. But yes, do has a proclitic form that appears before you in clauses with subject-auxiliary inversion, one which usually isn't indicated in writing. – snailboat Mar 31 '15 at 16:52
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    @TRomano Of course not. That's the problem with this sort of ad hoc transcription system―people can be fooled into believing they're communicating when they're imagining two different things. There are multiple possible pronunciations here, and you have no idea which one he intends. (An answerer can clear this up by describing the possibilities―there's certainly enough information here to write an answer.) – snailboat Mar 31 '15 at 17:20
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    Practically all native speakers routinely reduce do you in many contexts. Exactly how much they reduce it varies by speaker and context. But nobody transcribes any version using dia - the most common form is D'ya {wanna know how it's normally written?} On the other hand, although we often reduce do we in exactly the same way, it's very unusual to see this written as D'we or anything similar. – FumbleFingers Mar 31 '15 at 17:25
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    The usefulness of the answer for most people who would ask does not require careful coding nor fine and careful technical descriptions. A person with a trained ear can listen to (or recall) what the words usually sound like together, and easily see what someone would mean if they say (or ask if) it sounds like dia, d'ya, dahya, deyah or similar, as contrasted with do you, and have it make good practical sense. – Jim Reynolds Mar 31 '15 at 17:42
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Yes. In the standard American accent, Americans usually say do you something like dia sounds in Italian.

But the i sound would be shorter and softer than the Italian i sound.

Native English speakers and others with a basic sense of English spelling and pronunciation would likely use d'ya or similar to convey the kind of sound we can guess you have perceived.

An expert could provide a great deal of technical information, but that would seemingly be more useful in a different forum and/or in response to a question differently styled.

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    In my innocence, I tried dia on Google Translate. I selected Italian, listened to how it sounds like, and I think it doesn't sound anything like English "D'ya" at all. – Damkerng T. Mar 31 '15 at 17:57
  • The forest is being missed for the trees. Suppose the question had been: It seems that I've heard "do you" pronounced quite differently than what rhymes with too too. Is there quite a difference? I feel quite confident I could answer "yes", and have a fundamental handle on what he heard and why he asked, regardless of how anyone would encode it (them!) – Jim Reynolds Mar 31 '15 at 18:11
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    But you know me (I hope!), and if you trust me, I think (hope) you'll believe me if I say that what we (English learners) think we hear and what we actually hear aren't always the same. – Damkerng T. Mar 31 '15 at 18:15
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    I then suspect that an ELL would begin pronouncing the word pair more similarly to what he perceived. He would also ne primed to attend more carefully to the sounds Americans make when we pronounce it, and get even closer, then learn further differentiation. Mostly quite usefully on his own with little guidance, and for most of us, the simpler that guidance the better. – Jim Reynolds Mar 31 '15 at 18:16
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    There's no one standard American pronounciation. "D'ya" might be a fairly accurate representation of how some groups would pronounce "do you" - I've often seen it in writing about New York City, for instance. Around here (intermountain west) it seems more like two distinct words: "doo yoo". – jamesqf Mar 31 '15 at 18:33
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Yes, Americans do this, but it is not only an American phenomenon. Read the Wikipedia article on the song "D'yer Mak'er", which is meant to be pronounced the same as "Jamaica".

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