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Standard Italian pronunciation of conjugated verbs

When I studied Italian for a few months in the U.S., with a native speaker, the difference in pronunciation between open and closed e’s and o’s received little attention, apart from distinguishing e=...
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/ts/ vs /dz/: sono allofoni?

Mi potete spiegare... se sono allofoni altrimenti, se c'è una regola per distinguere quale pronuncia è quella corretta e dove posso consultare la pronuncia più adatta Esempi di parole che mi danno ...
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Pronunciation of "grazie"?

When I was learning a bit of Italian before my first trip there, I learned that "grazie" was pronounced with three syllables, the final syllable like a quick long a sound (in English). ...
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Is every written syllable pronounced?

So, I'm looking at some songs and it seems that all of the syllables are actually pronounced in every word, are there no silent syllables in Italian? or is it just the singers being extra careful? For ...
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La pronuncia della parola febbrìle (in opposizione agli errati fèbbrile e fébbrile) è determinabile dalle regole di pronuncia delle lingua italiana?

Capisco che la parola venga dal latino e possa aver ereditato la pronuncia, ma mi chiedo se tale pronuncia è, ad oggi, perfettamente spiegabile sulla sola base delle regole.
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Why is AC Milan's name emphasized on the first syllable, when the city's name is not?

Neither in Italian, nor in Lombard, nor in English (from which the club's name originated), is the name of the city of Milan pronounced with an emphasis on the first syllable. However, the famous ...
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Is there a word with two or more "open" vowel sounds?

By "open" vowels I mean è and ò. (Note: I am purposely adding the accents in words here to clarify what I think the right sound is.) I noticed that words having an open vowel sound like ...
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How to pronounce "Burali-Fòrti" in Italian?

In logic, we have Burali-Fòrti's paradox which is named by Cesare Burali-Fòrti. Now I need to know the exact pronunciation of "Burali-Fòrti" (of which I only know the overall pronunciation) ...
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How do you actually pronounce the vowels that form a synalepha/sinalefe, specifically when singing?

The "sinalefe" is a well-known element in Italian prosody, in which two vowels, at the end and at the beginning of a word are "combined". But how is this combination actually ...
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Esiste una lista delle parole più comuni con la pronuncia milanese?

Mettiamola così: sto cercando di imparare la pronuncia milanese. La miglior fonte che ho trovato è questo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Arq9qNRoLw Il video spiega le regole, quindi possiamo ...
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Pronunciation of infinitives ending with "ere" [duplicate]

I've noticed that certain infinitives ending with "ere" are pronounced with emphasis on the second to last syllable, e.g. tacere, while others are pronounced with emphasis on the third to ...
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Accento in parole composte

Mi chiedo quali siano le regole di accentazione delle parole composte, se ne esistono. È noto che la maggior parte delle parole italiane sono piane. Quello che vorrei scoprire è se esistono regole, o ...
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Is there a rule for the stressed part in the word in the imperative mood?

Sometimes I'm confused in pronouncing the words in the imperative mood. For example: Alzarsi (3 syllables) -> alzati (1st syllable is stressed, 3 syllables) Lavarsi (3 syllables) -> lavati (1st ...
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Are there good audio books that focus solely on mastering an Italian accent?

Some audio books that help you reduce an unwanted accent for English speakers can run into several hours. I can't find anything of similar rigor in Italian. I have found nothing on audible.com. I ...
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Are the pronunciations of "cie", "ce", "gie", "ge" the same when the letter "i" is used to soften?

Are the pronunciations of "cie", "ce", "gie", "ge" the same when the letter "i" is used to soften? Why I'm asking it is because I saw some words as ...
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Quando è possibile l'elisione e troncamento della preposizione "di" sia nello scritto che nella pronuncia?

Mi vengono in mente le seguenti frasi: Credo di avere chiamato Alessia Credo d'avere chiamato Alessia (Elisione) Credo di aver chiamato Alessia (Troncamento) Credo d'aver chiamato Alessia (...
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Raddoppiamento fonosintattico nel caso della particella "ci"?

Non capisco se si sia corretto pronunciare "cci sono" o "ci sono" oppure ancora "andiamocci" o "andiamoci" . So che alcune parole che nello scritto non hanno la ...
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The orthography of gi and ci

I was reading about where to place Italian stress and how to pronounce ci & gi. On this site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_orthography#C_and_G there's a paragraph that says the following: ...
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Confused with the sound of b in one word

Usually the b does not pose problems for me understanding Italian. But recently twice I have heard while watching some old movies the word baldracca, and the b sounded both times for me like v. Is ...
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Pronuncia di "praticamente"

A Roma "praticamente", quando significa "in pratica", spesso nel parlato viene pronunciato come "praente" o "preente" o con una vocale molto lunga che alterna ...
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Sulla pronuncia del nome di Natalia Ginzburg

Ho sempre avuto il dubbio su come pronunciare il nome dell'autrice del Lessico famigliare: dovrei dire Natalìa oppure Natàlia? Per influenza delle mie lingue, che hanno una pronuncia diversa tra di ...
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Which Italian accent sounds like this?

The speaker in this video is Italian but has a "nonstandard" accent. He is speaking English in the clip, but the features of this accent are still clear. Is anybody able to identify which ...
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Pronunciation of "signora" - [o], [o̞] or [ɔ]

Word Reference, Wiktionary and dipi say that "signora" is pronounced [siɲˈɲora] (Standard Italian), but I hear [ɔ] instead of [o] in the audios in the first two references. It doesn't sound ...
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Why is gemination so common in Italian?

Why do reduplicated/geminated letters (lettere doppie o geminate) occur more frequently in Italian than in other Romance languages like Spanish or French? Examples of gemination in Italian (w/ ...
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Pronunciation of 'z' at the beginning of a word

It appears that the pronunciation of 'z' at the beginning of a word is controlled by the subsequent consonant(s), that is, [ts] when followed by the aspirated [f], [k], [p], [t], and then [dz] when ...
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Origini della distinzione tra "o" ed "e" chiuse e aperte

Faccio fatica a trovare fonti online per quanto riguarda le origini etimologiche tra la [e] e la [ɛ], e tra la [o] e la [ɔ]. In latino la e era chiusa solo quando lunga, e così anche la o, ma la ...
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How is 'ci' or 'ce' syllable pronounced in Italian?

According to a book I read ci is pronounced chi. I don't know if it's my hearing but why do I hear sh in the TV show Gomorra? Is there an sh regional variant maybe?
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Regional Accent ID

Can any native (or high level) Italian speakers identify the regional accent in this audio clip? (at 00:34 seconds, and again at 00:47s) https://tinyurl.com/rthy2zx Well, I think she's mimicking a ...
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Pronunciation rule for -gia sound

I've been taught that in Italian an "i" after a "g" is silent and only serves to mark the "g" as having a soft ("j") sound. But in my study I came across bugia and others like strategia, magia and ...
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Phonology of “gg” + “i”

I read that “gg” is a geminated or lengthened consonant. I have also read that before “i”, “g” is made into the affricate. So, should I make “ggi” into a geminated affricate?
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Are these two sentences pronounced the same?

Are these two sentences pronounced the same? La donna ha il burro and La donna il burro.
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Pronuncia delle vocali "e" e "i" per studente inglese

Vorrei un consiglio su come aiutare una studentessa (anglofona) che continua a confondere le "i" con le "e". In particolare quando una parola in italiano finisce in "e", lei la pronucia "i". Credo sia ...
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Perché in Turandot la Cina è chiamata China?

Ascoltando l'opera Turandot, con musica di Giacomo Puccini e Franco Alfano, e libretto di Giuseppe Adami e Renato Simoni, un fatto che ha sempre attirato la mia attenzione è che il paese dove si ...
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Pronunciation of "portò"

Is the 3rd person singular of the "passato remoto" tense of "portare" (lui portò) pronounced [por'tɔ] ? It should be, but I (maybe incorrectly) hear [por'to] in Google Translate (I used the text "lui ...
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Pronunciation of the 3rd person singular of the conditional tense

Is the -ebbe ending in the 3rd person singular of the conditional tense pronounced /ɛbe/ or /ebe/ (e.g., "sarebbe")? Are there regional differences? I hear both in https://forvo.com/word/sarebbe/.
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Pronunciation of "sincero" and "sinceramente"

Word Reference's Italian dictionary gives the following pronunciations: sincero: /sinˈtʃɛro/ sinceramente: /sintʃeraˈmente/ Is this correct? If so, is it usual that the pronunciation of a vowel of ...
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Dropping -re at the end of a verb - pronunciation

I'm watching a movie whose story takes place in Rome. People often drop the -RE ending in verb infinitives. Example: Sai che l'avvocato è l'unico che può farti uscire? The speaker pronounces "...
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Italian pronunciation of the differential dx

I asked this question already here, someone suggested to move the discussion to this website. I hope some of the Italian users (at least) can help me out with this curiosity. I have always been used ...
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Pronunciation of ce/ci in Rome

The standard pronunciation of C before the vowels I and E (occurring, for instance, in words "innocente" and "abbraccio") is /tʃ/ . However, I am watching a movie which takes place in Rome and ...
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Pronunciation of famoso and cosa - [s] or [z]?

The Word Reference dict says that the pronunciation of "famoso" is /famoso/ and that the pronunciation of "cosa" is /kɔsa/ but in Forvo I heard /famozo/ (https://forvo.com/word/famoso/) and /coza/ (...
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Question about words ending with `glia` or `lia` (or `glio` or `lio`)

Novice Italian-language speaker here, so apologies for the elementary question, which is as follows. What is the difference between pronouncing (e.g.) the words Puglia and Pulia (contrived)? I ask ...
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Elisione in questi casi?

I numeri possono SEMPRE essere soggetti a elisione sia nella pronuncia che nello scritto davanti a parole che iniziano per vocale? Tipo: Diciott'ore, vent'anni, ott'ore, quindic'anni. Cosa prevede ...
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The use of the spellings -zz- vs. -z-

Is there any reason why some words are spelled with -zz-, but others are spelled with -z- between vowels? My understanding is that either spelling can correspond to either of the following two ...
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La pronuncia standard dell'italiano è effettivamente cambiata, ed in particolare, si è "settentrionalizzata"?

Recentemente ho iniziato a prendere lezioni di dizione da un'attrice diplomata, per correggere la cadenza dialettale (meridionale) ed alcuni vezzi di pronuncia. Ebbene, molti degli errori che mi sono ...
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Does R + vowel at starts of a word pronounce like RR?

I just read this page and found that it listed these words under the /ɾ/ sound: /ɾ/ fare, amaro, regalo Note the bold word. In Spanish and Portuguese, if a single R is at the start of a word, it ...
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What's the origin of /ʎ/ sound of "gli"?

Most of the current Italian pronunciation is retained from Ecclesiastical Latin, such as ce/ci, ge/gi, gn. There's one sound, gli, that I can't find the origin of. Many words containing gli that, ...
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Perché "reni" si pronuncia con la "e" chiusa quando ha il significato di "lombi" e con la "e" aperta quando sono invece gli organi interni?

Mi sono appena accorta di un aspetto della lingua italiana che mi sembra davvero curioso (e molto difficile da ricordare): nell'italiano standard, "reni" quando ha il significato di "lombi" o "regione ...
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Tremosine sul Garda, pronuncia corretta

L'unico riferimento esplicito alla pronuncia (3⁰ paragrafo) di Tremosine che abbia trovato da Tremòsine, sdrucciolo mentre di solito vedo scritto Tremosine, senza accento, verosimilmente piano... ...
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Coppia minima nell'italiano regionale

Solo alcune varianti di italiano regionale possiedono le sette vocali dell'italiano standard (/a/, /e/, /ɛ/, /i/, /o/, /ɔ/, /u/): Negli italiani regionali sono documentati sia sistemi con sette ...
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PrEndere but tenEre

Could anyone refer me to a rule explaining why verbs ending with -ere have different stressed syllables? What I have understood so far is that I should look them up in the dictionary. Thank you
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