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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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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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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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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 pronunciation when these appear on the last syllable of the word, and such ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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