Vowel length

Staxman

Staxman

In the first few lessons, I'm noticing that to imitate Maria DiLorenzi's pronunciation, I'm having to hold the vowels, especially in the middle of words, longer than I naturally would. I don't know if this is a reflection of Italian vs. English or of Italian vs. my speech pattern in English, but there it is. I assume, of course, that Maria wouldn't be the presenter if she didn't speak correct standard Italian! :) Of course I want my Italian pronunciation to be as good as possible, but how important is it that I nail this aspect? I ask partly because in some languages (Japanese and Hungarian come to mind), vowel length is important. I just took advantage of the New Year promotion, and I look forward to learning Italian!

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