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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Italian Pronunciation Guide.
In this series, you'll master Italian pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential in Italian, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
In this first lesson, you'll learn about the building blocks of the Italian pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons.
The letters used in Italian are the same as the letters you use in English, with the only exception of a few accents on some of the letters.
But be careful not to fall into a very common trap: as you're learning to *speak* correctly, you shouldn't concern yourself with all the letters. That's right -- forget them! You care about the *sounds* of Italian and here they are:
There are 24 consonant sounds, and 7 vowel sounds. You can form every single word in Italian by using these sounds.
Still seem complicated? Well how about this: of the 24 consonant sounds in Italian, you *already know* 19 of them. That's right, if you are a native English speaker then you already make these sounds every day.
You can also ignore 5 of the vowel sounds for the same reason.
The only thing standing between you and Perfect Italian Pronunciation are 5 new consonant and 2 new vowel sounds. You can handle that!
Now let me introduce Desiree, who will be helping you to master these new sounds.
"Hello, I'm Desiree" in Italian
Desiree will be giving you native pronunciation examples for you to imitate. But for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the unique sounds of Italian:
zaino (backpack)
maglia (shirt)
gnocco (gnocchi, a type of pasta)
torta (cake)
indirizzo (address)
vero (true)
come (as, like)
In the next lesson, we'll look at the top 5 pronunciation mistakes Italian learners make. You'll want to make sure not to fall into these common traps.
After that, we'll begin going through the vowels and consonants of Italian. This is your chance to learn how to correctly say all of the words you just heard.
We'll finish up the series by covering some special topics that will really make your Italian sound natural!
To close this lesson, here's a question for you.
Why is it important to spend time on learning proper pronunciation, even if you're already an advanced speaker?
The answer...
You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in Italian. For beginners, you're creating a strong foundation to build on. And for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
See you in the next Ultimate Italian Pronunciation Guide lesson!