The Italian Alphabet, l’alfabeto italiano, has 21 letters. These letters are all shared by the English alphabet, but they are not pronounced the same way.
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.
A / Aah (as in “father”, just more open)
Bi / Bee
Ci / Chee
Di / Dee
E / Eh (as in “end”, a bit closer)
Effe / Eh-ffeh
Gi / Gee (as in "jeep")
Acca / Ah-kka
I / Ee
Elle / Eh-lleh
Emme / Eh-mmeh
Enne / Eh-nneh
O / Oh (wide “o” as in “front”)
Pi / Pee
Qu / Koo
Erre / Eh-rreh
Esse / Eh-sseh
Ti / Tea
U / Oo
Vi, Vu / Vee, Voo
Zeta / Tseh-tah
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.
I lunga / Ee loon-gah (“long i”)
Kappa / Kah-ppah
Doppia vi, doppia vu / Doh-ppee-ah vee, voo ("double v")
Ics / Eeks
Ipsilon, I greca / Eeps-ee-loh-n, Ee greh-kah ("Greek i")
Now, let’s see each letter in action!
The Italian alphabet pronunciation guide
A green lizard (tip for pronunciation: keep saying “butter” out loud with an American accent)
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.