I was talking about something the other day, and I said the word "the" but pronounced it 'thee.' Then one of my first graders said, "Miss Kirby, it's 'thuh' not 'thee'!" (This kid tries to call me out on every mistake I make!) I said sometimes people say it differently.... but then wondered why I sometimes say 'thuh' and sometimes say 'thee.' Was there a reason? Was I saying it incorrectly? I just googled it and came across this: http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/the.htm I can't believe I never heard of that before... Have any of your students ever asked about this?