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Ciao ragazzi! Hi guys! I’m Desiree and today we're gonna learn the 10 hardest words to pronounce, I hope I can manage somehow.
1. aiuto "help"
It is a really helpful world because you can ask for help, for example,
Aiuto! Sono chiuso dentro al bagno. “Help! I'm locked inside the bathroom.”
You're not dying and you don't need help quickly, you just want to ask if people can help you, that would be aiutare
Puoi aiutarmi per favore? “Can you help me please?”
2. chiacchierare "chat"
The most common error mistake would be Chiacchiarare instead of chiacchierare.
3. cinque "five"
"In one hand, there are five fingers." Ci sono cinque dita in una mano.
uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque.
4. ghiaccio "ice"
Be careful because if you don't pronounce G as a hard sound like /G/, it would be giaccio, it's a verb and means “lie down”.
Vuoi del ghiaccio nel tuo drink? "Do you want some ice in your drink?"
A word that you can hear a lot especially in summer is ghiacciolo, it's an ice stick, I like them a lot, because it's so hot, and some ice, flavored ice, is great.
5. già "already"
Già has two meanings, first one “already”
Sono già le sette. "It's seven already.”
To express consents, it would be, like,
Oggi fa proprio caldo. “Today it's really hot.” Già. “Yeah, really, indeed.”
Another example would be
Hai già finito? “Did you finish already?"
6. lasciare "leave"
"I left my key on the table.” Ho lasciato le mie chiavi sul tavolo.
Yeah, another meaning would be “break-up”, for example,
“I don't want to break-up with my boyfriend.” Non voglio lasciare il mio ragazzo.
“When I go jogging, I leave my wallet at home."
Quando vado a correre, quando vado a jogging, lascio il portafogli a casa.
Quando vado a correre, lascio il portafogli a casa.
7. pèsca "peach"
Yeah, for example,
"I ate a peach.” Ho mangiato una pesca.
Il tè alla pesca è il mio preferito. “Peach tea is my favorite."
8. pésca "fishing"
You don't open your mouth like pèsca, but pésca; and this one is the hobby you can have, for example, "I really enjoy going fishing.”
Mi piace molto andare a pesca.
So the difference would be pèsca and pésca.
Mangio pesce più volentieri che andare a pesca. “I enjoy eating fish more than fishing."
9. segno “sign; mark; stain; signal“
Here the difficulty is probably the sound GN that you can practice with gnomo, for example, that is “elf”.
Hai lasciato il segno. "You really left a mark.” “You really impressed them.” It's something that you would say. Yeah, segno has many meanings in English.
Un segno sul muro. “Stain on the wall.”
“Give me a signal." Fammi un segno.
Be careful not to say segnio, but segno, because there's no I. And basically in Italian there is not a word with both I and O after GN.
That was the last of our 10 had this words to pronounce. I hope I was able to give you some advice, if you still have questions or if you still have words that you're not sure about how to pronounce, please write it down and remember to subscribe. Ciao ciao! Bye bye!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Thursday at 01:01 AM
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Ciao Angelo Serra,

I checked on different browsers, and the button shows up for me. Maybe try refreshing the page? If you can't solve the problem, you could write to contactus@ItalianPod101.com and see if you can get help.


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Thursday at 12:56 AM
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Hi Paul J. Scipioni,

thanks for leaving a comment.

You're right, there is no #10 in the list (as mentioned in the video).

As for "chiacchierare", the "chia" is a very short sound, so I would write it as "kyah" instead of "key-ah".

Also, make sure you hold the C after "chia" a bit before pronouncing it, to stress the double C better.

Hope this helps!


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Angelo Serra
Friday at 08:57 AM
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Seems like some learners are missing the "Show All" button below the third word "cinque".

Sembra che alcuni studente non vede il "Show All" pulsante sotto la terza paraola "cinque".

Paul J. Scipioni
Friday at 08:31 AM
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What happenedd to # 10?

Could you phonetically pronounce chiacchierare? It sounds like Key-ah-key-yer-ah-ray.

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Wednesday at 11:15 PM
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Hi Heather Lee,

what do you mean that there are only 3 words? There are not 10, but 9 (as stated in the opening screen).










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Wednesday at 11:10 PM
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Hi Alicia,

thanks for posting.

That's also a very useful verb to know 😁


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Heather Lee
Monday at 02:44 PM
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This lesson indicates the ten hardest words to pronounce.

There are only three words here.

Thursday at 08:30 PM
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Chiacchierare is my favourite word since I love chatting 🤣🤣😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣

Thursday at 12:42 AM
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Hi Joe S,

thanks for your comment!


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Joe S
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