How to sound Italian (Italian pronuciation rules for beginners)

If you’re struggling with Italian pronunciation and you wish to sound more Italian when you speak (even though you’re a beginner!), you’ve landed in the right place!

There are many rules in the Italian pronunciation, however there is one thing that makes Italian pronunciation much easier compared to other languages, such as English: Italian is a phonetic language. You read what you write.

However, if you’re an English speaker, you may still struggle with getting a good pronunciation when you speak Italian because of the difference in the isochrony of these two languages.

Isochrony is a linguistics term that refers to the rhythm of a language.

English and Italian language have two different rhythms

This is one of the main things that makes English speakers struggle with Italian pronunciation (and this is also why Italian speakers struggle so much with English pronunciation too).

Italian is a syllable timed language (every syllable takes up roughly the same amount of time).

English is a stress timed language (every syllable may last different amounts of time).

So when an English speaker starts to learn Italian, they need to get used to a different rhythm. At the same time, they need to also get used to a variety of different sounds, and tone of the most crucial sound of Italian language is the sound of its vowels!

This is why, when you start learning Italian pronunciation, you should focus on getting these two things right first:

  • The pronunciation and quality of vowels and…
  • The enunciation of Italian syllables.

Watch the video below to find out how you can do these two things to get a a better Italian pronunciation and sound more Italian – and less English, from the start !

I hope this video helps you to get a much better Italian pronunciation. At the beginning it will be exhausting as you’ll find your face muscles working much more but, as usual, the more you practice,the better your become!

Now let me know in the comments:

What is your main struggle with Italian pronunciation? Any particular sound or words you can’t really pronounce?

Let me know in the comments, I always reply (and your question might be featured in the next video too!)

Happy language learning,

Ermy

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P.P.S. Have you just started learning Italian? The Italian Starter Kit can help you! You can find right here! Or you can also check out for free my Italian Conversation Guide for Travellers!

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