Pronunciation of Italian
|a||is broad like a in father : casa.|
|e||has two sounds: closed like ey in they: sera; open like e in egg: sette.|
|i||is like ee in feet: venire.|
|o||has two sounds: closed like o in show: bocca; open like o in dog: moda.|
|u||is like oo in moon: luna.|
When two or more vowels come together each vowel is pronounced separatelyL buono: baia.
b, d, f, l, m, n, p, t, v are pronounced as in English. When these are double they are sounded distinctly: bello.
|c||before a, o, or u and before consonants is like k in king: cane.
before e or i is like ch in church: cena.
|ch||is also like k in king: chiesa.|
|g||before a, o, or u is hard like g in got: gufo.
before e or i is like j in jelly: gentile.
|gh||is like g in gun: ghiaccio.|
|gl||when followed by a, e, o, or u is like gl in glass: gloria.|
|gli||is like lli in million: figlio.|
|gn||is like ni in onion: bagno.|
|ng||is like ng in finger (not singer): ringraziare.|
|r||is pronounced distinctly.|
|s||between two vowels is like s in rose: riso.
at the beginning of a word it is like s in soap: sapone.
|sc||before e or i is like sh in shell : scienza.|
|z||sounds like ts within a word: fazione; like dz at the beginning: zoo.|
The stress is shown by the sign ' printed before the stressed syllable.
Simboli fonetici/Phonetic Symbols
L'accento principale e quello secondario sono indicati rispettivamente dai segni ˈ e ˌ premessi alla sillaba accentata.
The primary and secondary stress are shown respectively by the signs ˈ and ˌ in front of the stressed syllable.