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Your Ultimate Italian Pronunciation Guide

Knowing how to correctly pronounce words when you learn to speak a new language is crucial for speaking it well. It is no different with Italian. At ItalianPod101, we put a lot of emphasis on teaching and demonstrating correct pronunciation, as it is our aim to help you to speak like a native after a while!

According to Dictionary.com, ‘pronunciation’ is: the act or result of producing the sounds of speech, including articulation, stress, and intonation, often with reference to some standard of correctness or acceptability.

Paying attention to your Italian pronunciation not your own essentially means you’re learning to ditch most of your foreign accent. This is very important if you want to be a successful communicator in any language. Getting Italian pronunciation right may seem like a daunting task at the onset, but it need not be!

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1. Introduction to Italian Pronunciation

Italian Pronunciation

Many find that Italian pronunciation sounds quite beautiful. They might believe that they will never be able to have the same sound and inflection as a native speaker, but that’s not the case. By learning the Italian language and focusing on proper pronunciation, you will be able to speak just as beautifully as someone who grew up in Italy. Learning proper pronunciation as you are learning the other aspects of the language can be quite fun as well.

Sounds and Syllables in the Language

Italian has fewer sounds than you will find in many other languages, and that can help to make the learning curve a bit easier. The sounds in the language are a combination of the consonants and vowels. The Italian alphabet has 16 consonants – b, c, d, f, g, h, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, and z. Italian features 5 vowels – a, e, i, o, and u. In the vowels, you will find different ways that you can pronounce “e” – the open and closed e. The letter “o” has an open and closed. Different pronunciations of the vowels can cause the word to take on an entirely different meaning, so it is a good idea to make sure that you know proper Italian pronunciation so you do not mispronounce and confuse those to whom you are speaking!

Stressing Syllables

When you are trying to learn how to stress different syllables in Italian words, one of the best things that you can do is listen to native speakers. They do it naturally so nothing sounds forced.However, you may not have this luxury. The stress in most Italian words, at least those with more than two syllables, is usually going to fall to the next to last syllable. In words with just two syllables, the stress is usually going to be on the first syllable. However, if there is an accent at the end of the word, the stress is going ot be on that syllable. Knowing this can help you with the proper pronunciation of quite a few words in the language.Learning the correct Italian pronunciation is actually not too difficult, and you will find that you can start sounding more and more like a native Italian speaker the more you practice. As with other elements of the language, including grammar, pronunciation can take some time to perfect. Have fun practicing and learning one of the most fun languages on the planet!

2. Why is Correct Pronunciation in Italian Important?

Proper pronunciation is important, very important. Some say it’s even more important than getting the grammar perfectly correct! Why would this be?

1) Good Understanding

If communicating with native speakers matters to you when learning Italian, you need to be understood when you talk, and you need to be able to understand the native speakers. After all, without understanding, the purpose of language is null and void! In order to be understood, you need to be able to speak the language in a way that is familiar to native speakers, or at least recognizable by them.

When learning to speak a new language, you will learn that the more you progress the more intricate it becomes! For instance, almost every language has vocabulary that may look the same in writing, but because the words are pronounced differently, they have very different meanings. This means that you may say a word in Italian, and because of a slight change in pronunciation, the meaning of the word changes completely. Understandably, this can make for pretty embarrassing situations! At worst, your mispronounced Italian will sound garbled to a native speaker.

Knowing the nuances of how a word or letter is pronounced will also help you to understand spoken Italian better.

No worries if this feels hard; you’re learning, and with our help at ItalianPod101, you will not have a problem with mispronunciation if you follow our advice and examples carefully.

2) Good Communication

Not pronouncing Italian or any other language correctly can lead to a lot of frustration because you’re unable to express what you mean, and you will not be understood correctly. Even if you have total knowledge of Italian grammar, and can write it like a native, not knowing how to speak it properly will only make for very frustrating communication all around.

3) A Good Impression

Even if you’re only a beginner, it is possible to speak any language correctly. This way, you are bound to make a good impression on native speakers, and when you’re more fluent, you will be likely to garner a lot more respect than a fumbling newbie speaker who doesn’t care much for correct pronunciation.

People often have a lot of patience for someone who learns to speak a new language, but native speakers are more likely to address you and engage with you in conversation if you work hard on your accent. This is simply because you’ll be able to understand one another! So, proficiency in pronunciation can mean the difference between having none or plenty of Italian speaking friends. It will also serve you well in the workplace, and make you popular with your Italian speaking managers and employers or employees.

Learning to speak Italian properly is also a sign of respect for not only the language, but also the native speakers and their customs.

3. Secrets to Learning the Correct Italian Pronunciation


1) Use voice recording tools to perfect your pronunciation

ItalianPod101 has plenty of resources to help you with your Italian pronunciation, so be sure to make thorough use of our recordings with native Italian speakers. These are available not only to demonstrate to you how you should pronounce Italian vocabulary, but also sentences and dialogues. Watch and listen to these over and over again to train your ear, and watch the teacher’s mouth as she speaks in the video lessons. Then, copy the speech as best you can. Later, you can record yourself to hear if you sound like a native speaker and compare yourself with native speakers. Great for self-motivation.

2) Practice in front of the mirror.

And see that you’re copying the correct lip and mouth movements.

3) Use our ItalianPod101 dictionary!

Use the Italian dictionary provided by ItalianPod101 to look up words and listen to the audio pronunciation. This will go a long way towards giving you an idea of how to pronounce a word or letter correctly.

4) Train your ear to the language!

Make an effort to often listen to Italian music and recorded books, and watch plenty of Italian movies and/or TV shows in Italian. This will train your ear to the language, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up the accent. Remember, this is the way we learned to speak when we were young - mostly by listening to the adults talking, and repeating what they say!

5) Practice, practice, practice…

Repetition of the same thing may be boring, but in learning a new language, you’re creating new pathways in your brain. For these to remain and become habitual, you will need to repeat the correct pronunciation often.

6) Make friends with a native Italian speaker.

Don’t be shy to address them in Italian! Ask them to correct you when you make a pronunciation mistake - this is a wonderful way to practice and learn the language first-hand, and also to make new friends.

7) Practice your pronunciation with your Italian teacher!

If you’re a serious student and don’t know where to meet native Italian speakers, consider investing in ItalianPod101’s Premium PLUS plan. This means you will have your own native Italian teacher available to practice your pronunciation with, and much more! Send recordings of yourself speaking Italian and get feedback from your Italian teacher.

4. How to Download Your Free Guide to the Italian Alphabet

Download Your FREE Guide to the Italian Alphabet!

If you want to master the Italian language and become fluent, you must learn the Italian alphabet letters first. And you need physical worksheets to practice on.

This eBook is a MUST-HAVE for all Italian learning beginners!

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Log in with Your Free Lifetime Account and we’ll give you an instructional Italian PDF that covers the letters of the alphabet, practice worksheets, and a quiz to test yourself with… — absolutely FREE!

3 Reasons to Learn Italian Through PDF Lessons

Let’s now take a closer look at how studying Italian lessons in PDF format can help you reach your dream in up to half the time of normal video or audio lessons!

① Saves Minutes on Your Data Plan

Learning Italian through PDF lessons can dramatically reduce your data use. Once a lesson or tool is downloaded, you can then access it offline via your computer or smartphone any time or place regardless of Internet access. And once you’ve downloaded the Italian lessons in PDF format, you can actually access them faster than logging in and trying to do so via a live site. So not only will learning Italian using PDF lessons save minutes on your data plan—it will save you some significant time as well as the lessons add up!

② Print and Take All Italian Lessons and PDF Tools With You Anywhere

Sometimes, a tiny smartphone screen just isn’t adequate, especially when you are trying to learn something new. The great thing about PDF lessons, tools or files is that they can be quickly printed and taken anywhere after you download them. In fact, printing out Italian lessons in PDF format can actually save you time when compared to going through the material on a smartphone with a small screen—even with the extra printing time!

③ Great Study Tool to Boost Retention and Mastery

Studying video or audio lessons online is a great way to learn a language because students can play and rewind sections as many times as needed until the lesson is mastered. But when you review the same Italian lessons again in PDF format, an incredible thing happens: your retention dramatically improves! Thanks to Time Spaced Repetition, seeing the information again in written format helps reinforce the information in your mind and improves both retention and recall. The benefits of learning Italian using PDF lessons quickly add up to significant time savings for you, your data plan, and your dream of learning a new language!

Why are we giving it away?

Learning to read and write is a must for all beginners. Although you get video lessons on how to write in Italian at ItalianPod101, you’ll still need physical worksheets to practice on. That’s why you’re getting this printable tutorial PDFs as a gift.

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Has anyone thanked you today? We will. Thank you for reading this article and learning with us! In fact, today, you’ll learn the many different ways to say “Thank You” in Italian. It’s one of the most important Italian phrases. Check it out and watch the video too to practice your pronunciation.

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Saturday at 9:11 am
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Ciao Dulce,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


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Thanks for this amazing and wonderful course❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️!

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Ciao Andrew Kent Greenfield,


Must have been a technical glitch, sorry about that. Could you please try it again? It should be fine now. 😇


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Andrew Kent Greenfield
Saturday at 9:47 pm
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Why do I get a video on Hebrew pronunciation when I click on Italian pronunciation in my account?

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Ciao Paula,


Grazie mille for pointing that out! I notified our team and it will be updated as soon as possible! 😎👍

Let us know if you have any more questions or feedback.


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Paula
Friday at 3:10 am
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When I try to download the Italian eBook above, it keeps bringing up the Italian Alphabet Worksheet. Can you check the link? Grazie mille!

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Hi Dave,


please check the lesson page, where you can find also the transcript!


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Dave
Wednesday at 10:48 am
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Secrets to Learning the Correct Italian Pronunciation Video instruction was too fast.

How am I supposed to learn from it?Thank you

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