Italian Pronunciation: Every IPA Sound (With Audio)

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This page has 2 primary uses:-

  1. Use it as a reference page to learn the IPA symbols of the Italian language.
  2. Use it to familiarize yourself with the sounds of the Italian language if you’re just beginning your studies.

Consonants
IPA Examples Listen English approx.
b banca; cibo   
bike
d dove; idra  
done
dz zaino; zelare; mezzo  
dads
giungla; magia; fingere; pagina  
jab
f fatto; fosforo  
fast
ɡ gatto; agro; glifo; ghetto  
gas
k cavolo; acuto; anche; quei; kaiser  
scar
l lato; lievemente; pala  
lip
ʎ gli; glielo; maglia
 
roughly like million
m mano; amare; campo; anfibio
 
mother
n nano; punto; pensare  
nest
ŋ fango; unghia; panchina; dunque 
 
sing
ɲ gnocco; ogni
 
roughly like canyon
p primo; ampio; copertura  
spin
r Roma; quattro; morte  
rolled r
s sano; scatola; presentire; pasto  
sorry
ʃ scena; sciame; pesci
 
ship
t tranne; mito; alto  
star
ts sozzo; canzone; marzo  
cats
Cennini; cinque; ciao; farmacia  
chip
v vado; povero; watt  
vent
z sbavare; presentare; asma  
zipper
Semivowels
j ieri; scoiattolo; più; Jesi; yacht  
you
w uovo; fuoco; qui; week-end  
wine

 

Vowels
IPA Examples Listen English approximation
a alto; sarà   
roughly like father
e vero; perché  
roughly like pay
ɛ elica; cioè  
bed
i imposta; colibrì; zie  
see
o ombra; come  
roughly like law (British English)
ɔ otto; posso; sarò  
not
u ultimo; caucciù; tuo  
too
Suprasegmentals
IPA Examples Listen English approximation
ˈ Cennini [tʃenˈniːni]  
 stress
ˌ lievemente [ˌljɛveˈmente]  
intonation
. tuo [ˈtu.o]  
vowel border
ː primo [ˈpriːmo]  
long vowel

 

 

These tables represent standard Italian pronunciation but there are a few minor regional variations.

 


 

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