how to pronounce they


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of they 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.

they is pronounced in one syllable

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of they

example pitch curve for pronunciation of they


test your pronunciation of they

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of they

video examples of they pronunciation

An example use of they in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… why I call em oxes they can do you know …”

meanings of they


  1. A single person, previously mentioned, especially if of unknown or non-binary gender, but not if previously named and identified as male or female.
  2. There (especially as an expletive subject of be).
  3. People; some people; people in general; someone, excluding the speaker.
  4. A group of people, animals, plants, or objects previously mentioned.


  1. Their.
  2. The, those.

they frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word they occurs in english on average 4334.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics they can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that they can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to they


Did this page help you?