Tip for the Tongue: When to use “Thee” vs. “Thuh”

As a voice and diction professor in General American English for the past 30 years, I’m often asked this question by my Mass Communication and Media Studies majors about how to pronounce the definite article “the.” This¬†kind of question only¬†applies to when we are “reading aloud,” as in a prepared speech or paper presentation. We