If you’d like to say “my love” to someone in Italian, you would say “amore mio”. But that’s just the beginning of Italian terms of endearment, as the language has no shortage of loving words. While the basis of it all is “amore” (love), here are some other useful loving expressions:
Having a reason to begin learning Italian—like hoping to express your love in a dozen ways—can be the perfect jumpstart your study of the language. Plus, if you already speak another Latin-derived language, like Spanish or French, Italian is unlikely to present major challenges. You probably already know far more Italian words than you’d imagine, too—and not just the ones related to food. Even the English language, while technically a Germanic language, is heavily influenced by the same Latin roots that formed modern Italian. Basically, if you speak one of these other major languages of the EU, you’re well on your way to speaking Italian.
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If you’re a novice learner of Italian, one of the first features you’ll notice is the frequent use of double consonants. You will encounter this again and again in popular words, including the words anno and pizza and the name Alessandra. But even though every Italian word is enunciated a bit differently, there is a general rule-of-thumb when it comes to pronouncing words with double consonants. And that general rule is to deemphasize the vowel that precedes the double consonants.
Another notable characteristic of Italian pronunciation relates to the letter c. You may be familiar with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c which is often spoken as an s sound. (In Spanish this is called el ceceo and differs markedly in Iberian Spanish.) In contrast with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c, in Italian the letter c can have a hard ch sound, like you hear in the English word “change.”
That said, the Italian letter c is pronounced differently in other contexts. The Italian letter c can sound like an English c and very similar to the k sound, as you hear in English words like car, can, cat, call, company, Carol, campus, California, and code. You’ll hear this same k sound in Italian words. Of note, the words will include one of these vowels; a, o, or u. Examples of these Italian words with a c that sounds like a k include capra, Capri, Campari, cannoli, and campione.
Have you ever ordered the Italian dish known as gnocchi? This delicious, dumpling-style dish can help us learn how to correctly pronounce the gn sound in Italian. The Italian gn sound is pronounced very nasally and is comparable to the sound of the Spanish ñ. Let’s take a look at the Spanish translation of gnocchi:
Improving and refining your Italian pronunciation requires that you receive real-time and accurate feedback. Such feedback will allow you to make any needed corrections to your Italian pronunciation. From there, you will want to practice until you get a feel for how to shape the sounds of the Italian language. Rosetta Stone embeds our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine into every Italian language lesson. It provides precise and instant feedback to help you match your pronunciation and accent with that of fluent Italian speakers. It was developed by carefully scanning and closely analyzing the speech of fluent native and non-native Italian speakers. TruAccent can be of great help in learning to understand and be understood in Italian.
After you have learned basic Italian words and phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday, real-word Italian conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief and digestible,10-minute lessons are built to help you learn in exactly this way—structuring vocabulary acquisition in context with everyday, real-world situations. Rosetta Stone’s proven and practical approach to language learning can help you to learn to comfortably understand and confidently speak Italian.
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