Italian is different from Irish
How to learn Italian
If you are learning Italian for the first time, one of the first things you will notice about the language is the display of double consonants. We see this all the time in a variety of popular words like Pizza or Anno or the name Alessandra. While each word is pronounced differently, a general rule of thumb when navigating through these double letters is not to emphasize the preceding vowel too much.
Another feature of Italian pronunciation that is important to remember is the letter C. While in Spanish, for example, the C is sometimes pronounced as an “s” sound (this is called el ceceo and is particularly different from Iberian Spanish), can it can be a hard “ch” sound in Italian, as in the English word “charge”.
However, the C is also pronounced differently in other contexts. There can be an English “C” - which is very similar to the “k” sound - in words such as “company”, “capital”, “campfire”, “Caroline”, “coordination”, “Compton”, “Compton” and Reproduce “collar”. You will see this sound in Italian words that always include a, o and u, like Capri, Campari, capra (goat), cannoli and campione (champion).
Have you ever been to an Italian restaurant and have a delicious type of pasta with potato filling called gnocchi tried? Not only is this dumpling-like dish delicious, but it tells us a lot about it too gnocchi-Teach sound while learning Italian. The gn Sound is pronounced nasally and is in fact analogous to the Spanish_ñ_ sound. Let's take a look at the Spanish translation of _gnocchi_ to find out more:
Italian - gnocchi
Spanish - ñoqui
The gn is in this case directly with the ñ translated. For English speakers who don't understand Spanish, let's look at the word canyon (ironically from the Spanish cañón derived) to master this sound. The ny moves your tongue forward in your mouth and moves air through your nasal passages.
Additional knowledge: In linguistics we call this sound palatal nasal, and it doesn't just come in English ny , Spanish ñ and Italian gn before but also in Portuguese nh as well as in many other non-Romance languages such as Quechua (South America), Rohingya (Myanmar / Burma) and Tagalog (Philippines).
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