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Italian Pronunciation

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
IPAExamplesListenEnglish approx.
bbanca; cibo bike
ddove; idra done
dzzaino; zelare; mezzo dads
giungla; magia; fingere; pagina jab
ffatto; fosforo fast
ɡgatto; agro; glifo; ghetto gas
kcavolo; acuto; anche; quei; kaiser scar
llato; lievemente; pala lip
ʎgli; glielo; maglia  roughly like million
mmano; amare; campo; anfibio  mother
nnano; punto; pensare nest
ŋfango; unghia; panchina; dunque   sing
ɲgnocco; ogni  roughly like canyon
pprimo; ampio; copertura spin
rRoma; quattro; morte rolled r
ssano; scatola; presentire; pasto sorry
ʃscena; sciame; pesci  ship
ttranne; mito; alto star
tssozzo; canzone; marzo cats
Cennini; cinque; ciao; farmacia chip
vvado; povero; watt vent
zsbavare; presentare; asma zipper
Semivowels
jieri; scoiattolo; più; Jesi; yacht you
wuovo; fuoco; qui; week-end wine
 
Vowels
IPAExamplesListenEnglish approximation
aalto; sarà  roughly like father
evero; perché roughly like pay
ɛelica; cioè bed
iimposta; colibrì; zie see
oombra; come roughly like law (British English)
ɔotto; posso; sarò not
uultimo; caucciù; tuo too
Suprasegmentals
IPAExamplesListenEnglish approximation
ˈCennini [tʃenˈniːni]  stress
ˌlievemente [ˌljɛveˈmente] intonation
.tuo [ˈtu.o] vowel border
ːprimo [ˈpriːmo] long vowel
 
 These tables represent standard Italian pronunciation but there are a few minor regional variations.

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