Italian Pronunciation Practice [beginner level]

By Manu Venditti | All Levels

Feb 17

Italian Pronunciation Practice [beginner level]

Today we are going to do some Italian Pronunciation Practice for beginners. This is an interactive lesson which means you have to participate by speaking, to practice your pronunciation. We are going to tackle difficult words in Italian which have too many vowels, because Italian is all about vowels and not the consonants.

WORDS TO PRACTICE!

EURO – /e.u.ro/
UN’EURO – /una-e.u.ro/
SEI EURO – /sei-e.u.ro/
AIUTO – /a.yu.to/, [aˈjuto]
PAURA – /paˈura/
LA PAURA – /la-paˈura/
NON HO PAURA – /nono-paˈura/
AEREO – /a.e.re.o/
L’AEREO – /la.e.re.o/
UN AEREO – /una.e.re.o/
AEROPORTO – /a.e.roˈpor.to/
IN AEROPORTO – /inaeroporto/ (sounds like a one word).
IDEA – /i.dea/
UN’IDEA – /uni.dea/
BUON’ IDEA – /bu.oni.dea/
GHIACCIO – /ghiàc‧cio/, /ˈɡjat.t͡ʃo/, [ˈɡ̟jät͡ːʃo̞]
CHIACCHIERARE – [chiac-chie-rà-re], /kjakkjeˈraːre/

Question:
What’s the tricky Italian word for you to pronounce?

CAMERIERE –  [ca-me-riè-re] /kameˈrjɛːre/
GNOCCHI – [ nyōʹkē], /ˈnɒ.ki/
GUAIO – /gu.a.yo/,  /ˈɡwa.jo/, [ˈɡwäːjo]
AGGIUNGERE – [ag-giùn-ge-re], /adʤunʲˈʤɛːre/
CUCCHIAIO –  [kukˈkjajo], /kuk.kia.yo/
SEGNO – /se.nyo/
GLI – /ʎi/ or /lyi
GIOIELLI – /jo.ye.li/
ASCIUGAMANO – /a.shu.ga.mano/

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