how to pronounce yo


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the above transcription of yo is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

yo is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of yo in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… this work when the yo-yo is released it …”

meanings of yo


  1. Present! Here!.
  2. An interjection similar to hey.
  3. A greeting similar to hi.


  1. The letter Ё, ё.
  2. Initialism of yarn over.
  3. Initialism of year/years old.


  1. Contraction of you are.


  1. Pronunciation spelling of your.


  1. Third-person singular, familiar.


  1. Short for yoleven.


  1. Abbreviation of years old.


  1. Abbreviation of Yogyakarta, a special region of Indonesia.

yo frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word yo occurs in english on average 5.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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