Every day I will send you an Italian word, it’s definition and how to pronounce it.
Within no time you will have amassed several hundred Italian words. Add these to the Italian words you already know and those words that you don’t know that you know – there are literally hundreds of them – and you too can butcher the beautiful Italian language, enriching your next travel adventure to Italy.
When It Comes to Learning to Speak Italian, the Sky Is the Limit!
Let’s Take a Look at Pronunciation.
Italian is a far more complicated language than it first appears, however it is a relatively easy language to pronounce and, unless you are planning to become fluent - no easy task – a language where you can rather easily learn to speak the basics, be understood and, most importantly, connect to the Italians.
In general, when pronouncing Italian words the stress falls on the second-to-last syllable. For example, Firenze becomes Fi-REN-ze and barista is ba--RIS-ta.
When it comes to vowels, “a” is pronounced like ah, as in father, “i” like the “ee” in beet, “e” like the “a” in pen and “u” like the u in rule.
Consonants generally sound like their English equivalent. Of course there are numerous exceptions, so a good rule of thumb is follow is: just do the best you can. The task is to communicate, not to speak Italian like a native. And remember, Italians like they you attempt to speak their language; consequently, they are very forgiving.
Here Are Dozens of Words You Don’t Know You Already Know
allegro, alto, aria, ballerina, bimbo, bordello, bravo, bravado, capisco, concerto, cupola, dilemma, ditto, duo, falsetto, fantasia, fiasco, finale, forte, ghetto, grotto, impresario, inferno, influenza, intermezzo, libretto, lido, loggia, maestro, mandolin, magenta, malaria, manifesto, marina, operetta, padre, piano, pianoforte, patina, piazza, portico, politico, presto, prima, pronto, replica, scenario, sienna, solo, soprano, staccato, stanza, stiletto, studio, stucco, tempo, terracotta, terrazzo, torso, trio, vendetta, veranda, via, vibrato, villa, viola, virtuoso, vista and viva, plus dozens of food words, like al dente, al fresco, barista, broccoli, espresso, gnocchi and so on.