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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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