Pronouns are words like "I," "you," "he," "she," and "it." You use them in normal speech to replace other words. Take a look at the German pronouns;

ich = I

wir = we

du = you (informal)

ihr = ya’ll/ you guys

er = he

sie = they

sie = she


es = it


Sie =you (formal/plural and singular)


German has three pronouns which mean "you": Sie, du, and ihr. Sie is the formal "you" and du is the informal "you." For more on Sie and du, see the lesson on Social Registers. The pronoun ihr is the plural form of "you." Think of it as being equivalent to "y’all" or "you guys."

Now look at the pronouns in context with the verb sprechen or "to speak":

Ich spreche Deutsch.

Du sprichst Deutsch.

Er spricht Italienisch

Sie spricht Französisch.

Sie sprechen Deutsch.

Wir sprechen Deutsch.

Ihr sprecht Italienisch.

Sie sprechen Englisch.