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Italian: Pronunciation

The Italian alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet and its pronunciation if for a larger part as in English. Below you will find the consonants and vowels which are pronounced different than in English.

Consontants and Dipthongs

c is pronounced as in 'cat' before 'a', 'o', and 'u'. Otherwise it is pronounced as in 'church'.
g is pronounced as in 'gentle' when it comes before 'e' or 'i', otherwise it is pronounced as in 'gap'.
gli is pronounced as in 'million'.
gn is pronounced as in 'canyon.
h is not pronounced.
qu is pronounced as in 'query'.
r is pronounced as a rolling sound as in Scottish or in Spanish.
s is pronounced as in 'sit' when it is followed by a vowel or an unvoiced consonant. When it is followed by a voiced consonant it is pronounced as in 'amazing'.

Vowels

a is pronounced as in 'come', but it is pronounced lighter.
e is pronounced as in 'bed'.
i is pronounced as in 'meet', but shorter.
o is pronounced as in 'hot'.
u is pronounced as in 'cool'.

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