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How To Pronounce Italian Consonants
Italian pronunciation might pose some difficulties for the beginner. Yet it is very regular, and once the rules are understood it is easy to pronounce each word correctly. Here are a few basic pronunciation rules for Italian consonants.

How To Pronounce Italian Vowels
Italian pronunciation might pose some difficulties for the beginner. Yet it is very regular, and once the rules are understood it is easy to pronounce each word correctly. Here are the approximate English equivalents for Italian vowels.

How To Pronounce Italian Words
You love those melodious sounds at the opera, and listening to the voices of those Italian stars in foreign films is an aural thrill. These quick, step-by-step instructions will help you to sound like you were born in «il bel paese».

How To Talk Like A Soprano Family Member
Want to sound like a member of the Soprano family? Fuhgeddaboutit! With these easy instructions, you could quickly be mistaken for il capo di tutti capi. Bada boom! Bada bing!

Italian Accent Marks
Italian accent marks (also called diacritical marks) are added or attached to a letter to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, or to indicate stress.

Italian Alphabet
The Italian alphabet contains twenty-one letters. Five other letters are found in foreign words in Italian

Italian Consonants
Italian consonants have a standard pronunciation that usually doesn't vary. The Italian language also has double consonants, which are distinguished by length.

Italian Fashion Pronunciation Guide
Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and more. Created in conjunction with your About SiteGuide to Fashion Cynthia Nellis.

Italian Letter H
The Italian letter h is considered mute (without a phonological value) whose main function is diacritical.

Hard C Sound in Italian
In Italian the term hard C (C dura) refers to a sound that's similar to [k] in English.

Soft C Sound in Italian
In Italian the term soft C (C dolce) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless postalveolar affricate.

Hard G Sound in Italian
In Italian the term hard G (G dura) refers to a sound that's similar to [g] in English.

Soft G Sound in Italian
In Italian the term soft G (G dolce) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless postalveolar affricate.

Catching Some Zzzz's
In Italian, the intervocalic z can be spelled both with single letter z and the double zz.

Italian Phonetic Alphabet
The Italian phonetic alphabet is used to sound out the spelling of a word in Italian. By convention there are certain cities (or alternate terms) that are most commonly used to refer to each letter of the Italian alphabet.

Italian Pronunciation For Beginners
Reference guide to Italian pronunciation with an overview of how to pronounce Italian consonants, vowels, and words. Listen to native Italians pronouncing Italian words and phrases and learn which syllables to stress.

Italian Survival Phrases
Essential Italian phrases for visitors to Italy with audio. Includes translation in English.

Italian Vowels
The Italian alphabet has five vowel letters: a, e, i, o, and u.

Italian Word of the Day
Hear a new word every day spoken in Italian by a native speaker and a phrase using the word in an example. Includes translation in English.

Pronouncing Double Consonants in Italian
"Quanti anni hai?"--How old are you? sounds like an innocent question posed by someone just learning the Italian language. But it can be a real conversation stopper, leading to guffaws, laughter, and embarrassment, when mispronounced. An In the Spotlight article from your Italian Language SiteGuide.

Pronouncing Italian Last Names
Remember that Italian is a phonetic language, which means words are usually pronounced as they are written. Determine how to break down your surname into syllables and learn how to pronounce Italian consonants and vowels.

Italian Phonotactic Doubling
In Italian, phonotactic doubling (raddoppiamento fonosintattico) refers to the "doubling" that takes place when pronouncing the initial consonant of a word linked to the previous one.

Uh-TAL-yun pruh-NUN-see-AY-shuhn
Pronunciation respelling is a notation sometimes used to convey the pronunciation of Italian words. Often found in menus or newspaper articles, stress or syllabication is indicated using typeface, punctuation, or letter case.

Alfabeto e Pronuncia
See it, hear it, and say it in Italian. WAV files of each letter of the Italian alphabet.

Corso di Dizione
Appunti di dizione, respirazione, educazione della voce e tecniche di lettura.

Scioglilingua
Italian tongue twisters! If you can pronounce these without error, you are a true maestro.

Syntactic Doubling
An explanation of syntactic doubling, the phenomenon typical of Italian pronunciation in which the initial consonant sound of certain words are doubled.

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