Below is an audio guide to the pronunciation of the letters of the Italian alphabet.
How to pronounce the Italian alphabet
Since the Italian alphabet only has 21 letters, see which are the 5 letters that are in the English alphabet and that are missing here!
First comes the letter in Italian writing and then a representation of how it sounds.
Have you noticed? The Italian alphabet lacks J, K, W, X and Y!
They are however present in a few loanwords and have their own pronunciation. They are not included in the official alphabet, as we’ve seen, and all the 26 letters together form the Latin alphabet.
Now, let’s see each letter in action!
The Italian alphabet pronunciation guide
Dear / Expensive (“k” sound)
One hundred (“ch” sound)
Exam (narrow “e” sound)
To be (wide “e” sound)
Throat (hard “g” sound)
Jacket (soft “g” sound)
Hotel (it’s always silent!)
Or (close “o” sound)
Barley (open “o” sound)
A green lizard (tip for pronunciation: keep saying “butter” out loud with an American accent)
Rock / Pebble (hard “s” sound)
To unbind (soft “s” sound)
Zebra (soft “z” sound)
Sugar (hard “z” sound)
That's probably enough pronunciation practice of the alphabet in Italian! With these Italian lessons, remember the more you listen, the more you'll be able to recognize words as they're spoken.
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