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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 also have read that before i, g is made into the affricate. Do I make it 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...