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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

For questions about the sounds, intonation, and stress of how words are uttered or produced.

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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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Raddoppio consonante iniziale [duplicate]

Nella pronuncia italiana, in alcuni casi la consonante all'inizio della parola viene pronunciata come se fosse doppia. Esempio: vado a Casa. Suppongo che questa cosa abbia un nome, e che ci sia una ...
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The correct pronunciation of the “ʎʎ” sound in IPA

scegliere (ˈʃeʎʎere) scegli (ˈʃeʎʎi) ??? I'm not sure how to pronounce the "ʎʎ" sound in IPA corresponding to the spelling "gli", since on the following links, the pronunciations of "scegliere" ...
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Are there any words with different pronunciation but same meaning?

Are there any words like can be pronunced in different ways but still have the same meaning in italiano?
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Perché da crusta è derivato cròsta (o aperta) e non crósta (o chiusa)?

La parola italiana crosta deriva, stando al mio Devoto-Oli, dal latino crusta. Dato che in latino c'è una u, io mi aspetterei, per paragone con tante altre parole, una o chiusa, dunque crósta. Invece ...
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Phonetic transcription dictionary

Where can I find an Italian phonetic transcription dictionary like CMUDict is for US English? CMUSphinx says that they have Italian pronunciation dictionary, but I cannot find it for download ...
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Pronunciation of words ending in consonant in Senese Italian

The term Senese Italian refers to the Italian language as spoken in and close to Siena, Tuscany. When a word ends in consonant, Senese Italian speakers tend to geminate said consonant and to follow it ...
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Which online text-to-speech engine is more accurate?

I did some research and it appears like there are few or no online resources for Italian pronunciation (I hope that I am wrong). Which text-to-speech engine is more accurate for Italian words among ...
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Perché si dice WC (vi ci) ma WWW è vu vu vu?

Salve, uno studente mi ha chiesto perché nella parola WC la doppia V si pronuncia come una "vi", ma la doppia V di un sito internet è invece pronunciata "vu". Chi mi sa spiegare il motivo? Grazie!
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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Italian?

I am working on an art project where I would like to collect hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google.com/#...
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When do I pronounce “i” in “sci-”?

From orbilat: the i is not pronounced in the combinations ci, gi, and sci when they are followed by a, o or u, unless the accent falls on the i But what is the role in words like sciare [ʃiˈaːre]...
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C'è qualche differenza di pronuncia della “s” tra “chiuso” e “frase”?

Ho cominciato un corso d'italiano in cui ho fatto un esercizio orale. La mia insegnante mi ha fatto vedere che non sempre riesco a pronunciare bene la "s" intervocalica. In particolare, in questo ...
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Cosa significa “bumpete”? È una parola piana o sdrucciola?

Nella commedia Morte accidentale di un anarchico, di Dario Fo, a un certo momento il personaggio del Matto dice Bumpete... È arrivato l'avvoltoio! come commento a quello che ha spiegato prima una ...
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Why is Paris called Parigi in Italian?

Specifically, why the 'gi' sound ? Sorry for writing in English, my Italian isn't good.
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How is 'sii' supposed to be pronounced?

How is sii (the singular informal imperative of essere) supposed to be pronounced? si-i (with two distinct i's of different emphasis as in the word 'zii') or sii (with the vowel held slightly ...
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Pronuncia strana della “s” dopo una “r”: un fenomeno romano o di tutta l'Italia?

Vivo a Roma da un po' di tempo e ho visto che la s a volte si pronuncia come una z sorda (cioè, /t͡s/) dopo una r. Alcuni esempi: Persona spesso si pronuncia come perzona o /pert͡sona/ Verso come ...
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Pronuncia sce sci (e ce e ci?)

Salve a tutti. Vorrei chiedervi se secondo voi è corretto dire ai miei alunni che SC ha il suono duro se seguito da A O U (scale, bosco, scuro) ma "soft" se seguito da E e da I (scendere, scivolare, ...
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Stressed syllable

I've been learning Italian recently just by myself on a very casual basis. One thing that I find confusing is which syllable to stress. I've read the rules - i.e. usually the penultimate syllable is ...
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Sulla pronuncia del nome Elena

Ieri in Catalogna si è festeggiato San Giorgio. Si tratta della "festa" delle rose e dei libri (non so se "festa" sia la parola più adeguata perché di solito questo giorno si lavora). È tradizionale ...
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Could any native Italian speakers give me pronunciation advice please? [closed]

Can any native Italians please give me feedback on my pronunciation please? http://vocaroo.com/i/s0Ky9i1XlQNT Of course, I'm not looking for near native pronunciation, just 1) to be understood, and ...
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Prosodic stress in Italian

Just when you think you've got your ear attuned to when one ought to drop a note/ tone (or whatever it should be called) when speaking an Italian sentence, you listen to words that don't seem to ...
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Phonology: what is the most useful list of Italian minimal pairs?

I'm looking for a practical list of minimal pairs to help with learning Italian pronunciation, but can't find anything in the public domain. If anyone has a list it would be most helpful if they ...
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Why are the endings to these two words pronounced differently? Mangia ~ Genealogia

Why is mangia pronounced with a "ja" sound of one syllable at its end, and genealogia pronounced with two syllables, with the sounds "gee" and "ah"? They are both spelled gia. I thought the rules ...
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Where does one find pronunciation, spelling, and phonetic rules in English for Italian?

In English, a native speaker learns to spell based on the way words sound. Correspondingly, one learns to pronounce a word based on its spelling, using phonetics. This involves rules learned when ...
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Are certain single vowel words merely dropped?

Given the sentence below from an Italian song I heard on YouTube: Gli elefanti vanno a ballare in cimiteri sconosciuti The a in vanno a ballare to me is completely silent. Note, I referring to the ...
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What are the rules for which letter combinations require a mid-word pause?

I've learned a little Italian over the past 2 weeks. I thought until now that when you encounter a double consonant, like cc in zucchero or tt in frutta, you pause for a moment mid-word giving a word ...
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Perché “d'Italo” non è corretto?

Ho ricevuto una correzione a questo post, accompagnata dal commento «Qui non si può proprio scrivere "d'Italo". È corretto "di Italo"». Cercando informazioni sull'apostrofo con la preposizione "di", ...
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What words that have vowel + s + vowel are pronunced /s/ instead of /z/?

Italian words with the format vowel + s + vowel are typically pronounced /z/, like: mese cosa esercizio But some words break this rule, and are pronounced /s/, like: stasera (because it comes from "...
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In spoken Italian, is there a standard way to encode the letters of words when there is too much noise and the words cannot be heard?

In Italy, it seems common to use city names (rather than names of other things) when spelling words out in noisy environments where the words themselves cannot be heard clearly. I have gathered a list ...
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Are there liaisons in Italian?

I am brand new to Italian and have only studied it for a few days. I was listening to the song "Certamente" by Madreblu and reading along with the lyrics and noticed how when a word that ends with a ...
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What accents/dialects are considered “standard Italian”?

Not surprisingly American English has accents that help identify what part of the country you might be from, but more defined by a larger general region than by city which is more common in European ...
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I need to know how to pronounce the name “Job” in Italian

So a long time ago, there was this Italian chemist (at least I think he was Italian, because he published in Italian journals of chemistry), whose last name was Job. He invented a really useful tool ...
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On the pronunciation of gnocco and gnocchi

I do not speak a word Italian but I wanted to solve the obligatory dispute amongst ignorants about the pronunciation of gnocco and gnocchi by looking up the IPA pronunciation on the Internet. ...
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How is “scuola” pronounced?

One source pronounces scuola as "sk'WOH-lah," and another says "sk'WAH-la". Which one is it, or are there differing dialects in Italian for scuola? Grazie!
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Any Italians pronouncing pèsca and pésca differently?

I've always heard both of the words "pésca", fishing, and "pèsca", peach, both pronounced as "pésca". Obviously here the accent mark can used to distinguish between the two words although this is not ...
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Why is perché sometimes written perchè instead of perché?

If using a grave accent as opposed to an acute accent on top of letters e and o in Italian is used to denote a difference in pronounciation when these appear on the last syllable of the word, and such ...
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Difference between ò and ó?

I've noticed that in Italian, besides è and é, which are pronounced differently (the first with the mouth more open than in the second case, thus producing different sounds; examples include the very ...
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Uso di consonante 'b' raddoppiata nella pronuncia romana dell'italiano

Forse dipende dal mio orecchio non abituato, ma secondo voi i romani usano raddoppiare la 'b' in parole come 'robba', 'nubbi', 'vibbra' e altre ancora o, appunto, è solo una mia impressione?
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La parola “Ebola” in italiano è sdrucciola o piana?

Leggendo questo post mi sono accorta di non saper come pronunciare "Ebola" in italiano, cioè, di non saper dove mettere l'accento tonico in questo vocabolo. In spagnolo, "Ébola" è una parola ...
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How do Italians pronounce the names of programming languages?

Is there a standard form of pronunciation for programming languages in Italy? Is it preferable to pronounce in English or in Italian? In other words, suppose I'm explaining, in Italian, something ...
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Pronouncing J's

I don't know very much about Italian, but I was trying to learn a bit, and I came across Jesolo- I was wondering how J's get treated in Italian. I know they aren't native Italian letters, but I can't ...
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Stress on Italian proper names

Are there any sources where one could learn about the correct pronunciation of the Italian proper names (either family names or geographic names)? For example, the stress in Cesare is on the first and ...
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Pronounce “e” like [ɛ] or [e]?

I understand that in italian the letter "e" can make two different vowel sounds: [ɛ] like the e in bet [e] like the a in chaos Recently, I was caught off guard by an Italian song where the singer ...
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Can anyone help me with the proper pronunciation of the lateral palatal approximante (aka 'gli' trigraph)?

I've been learning Italian for the last year. While being fluent in Spanish helps tremendously, there is one infamous sound that is lacking from both English and my dialect of Spanish: gli. I ...
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Does Italian language have letters for foreign sounds?

Some sounds don't exist in Italian, such as the Arabic sounds dad (ض), qaf (ق), or ain (ع). Are there letters or syllables for these sounds?