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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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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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Onomatopoeia in Italian

What's the Italian equivalent for words such as, "crash", "bang", "snap", "woosh", "wallop" etc? Are there any onomatopoeia references out there that consolidate these equivalents in Italian?
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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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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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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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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?