Italian Pronunciation Practice [beginner level]

By Manu Venditti | All Levels

Feb 13

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. Always remember that Italian is all about vowels and not the consonants.

First let me show you the vowels and please repeat after me.

A E I O U

– (all open)

Italian uses 5 letters (a,e,i,o,u) to denote its 7 vowels

([a], [ɛ], [e], [i], [ɔ], [o], [u]).

[a] denotes single sound

[e] and [o] denote 2 sounds (open and close)

Let’s start!

IL MARITO (The Husband) – [il mäˈriːt̪o], /maˈri.to/

LA FINESTRA (The Window) – [la fiˈnɛː.st̪ra], /la fiˈnɛstra/

LA FARFALLA (The Butterfly) – /lafarfalla/ sounds like a one word.

L’ACQUA MINERALE (Mineral Water) – /lak.kwa/ /mi.neˈraː.le/, [läkːwä] [mɪ.nɛˈraː.ɫɛ]

L’USCITA D’EMERGENZA (Emergency Exit) – /luʃˈʃiːta/ /demerˈʤɛːnʦa/

LA LIBERAZIONE (Liberation) – [la-li-be-ra-zió-ne] /la’liberatˈʦjoːne/

L’ANEDDOTO (The Anecdote) – /laned.doto/

ARRICCHIRSI (To get rich) – /arik.kirsi/

ARRICCIARE (To curl things up) – /arit.chare/

ASCIUGARE (To dry) – /ashu.gare/

GLI AGNOLOTTI (Agnolotti Pasta) – [ʎi’aɲoˈlɔtti], /yi.anyo.lot.ti/

I MIGLIORI ANNI (The best years) – /i.mil.yori.an.ni/

LA LAVANDERIA (The Laundromat) – [la-la-van.de.ri.a] /la’lavanˈdɛːrja/

IL SOGNO NEL CASSETTO (The dream in the drawer/Secret Dream) – [il-só-gno-nel-cassetto], /ilˈsoːɲɲo nel cassetto/

SOGNI DORO (Sweet Dream) – /sonyi.doro/

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