When you are looking to learn Italian, you may be wondering if a good pronunciation is important.
The truth is that when you want to learn a different language, you need to be able to express your ideas and thoughts correctly. Many people still believe that learning the writing part is enough. After all, this is what’s happening in schools nowadays where most of the time, there seems to be a tendence to ignore the pronunciation part, dedicating most attention to the written part.
Why Is Italian Pronunciation So Important?
If you want to start learning Italian, you need to keep in mind that even though the written Italian is very similar throughout the entire country, we can’t say the same about the spoken language. Spoken Italian is different between the north and the south. For example, in the north, people usually simplify the pronunciation of double consonants in words like “gatto” and “dubbio”. On the other hand, in the south, the single consonants in words like “sabato” and “subito” get duplicated. But this isn’t the only difference. In the north of Italy, the letter -e gets pronounced as an “open e” very often. On the other hand, in Tuscany, for example, the /k/ sound found in words such as “cocomero”, “carta”, and “calcolare” is pronounced as if it were an /h/ sound.
The Process of Learning a New Language
When you want to learn a new language, you should always start by listening and understanding the spoken language. You should then evolve to start speaking it and, finally, to read and write in the target language.
While this may sound counterintuitive, it’s important to keep in mind that many people still don’t know how to write or read but they are able to express themselves orally.
Most people assume that if they want to learn a new language like Italian, and more specifically the Italian pronunciation, the best way to do so is to spend some time in Italy. By doing so, they will develop their ear and make themselves learn faster to communicate with the locals. While this may seem to be a good idea and may come with numerous benefits, it may not be the best way to learn Italian pronunciation. The truth is that you just need to think about individuals who have spent decades in a foreign country and still, after all that time, they still have their foreign accent.
Notice that we are not saying that you can’t learn Italian pronunciation. The main idea is that you won’t acquire it just by living in Italy. You will need to develop new habits and have the determination to learn. In addition, you will also need to dedicate time to learn it efficiently.
The Best Way To Learn Italian Pronunciation
In our opinion, the best way to learn Italian pronunciation is to start by training the ear to determine new sounds. This is very important in this language in particular. For example, some words in Italian have double consonants while others have single consonants. What you may not know is that they are read differently and their meanings can be substantially different. Just think about “pala rosa” (pink shovel) and “palla rossa” (red ball) for example. One of the reasons why this might seem confusing to English speakers is the fact that, unlike English language which has a stress-timed rhythm, Italian language has a syllable-timed rhythm.
To ensure that you are learning the right pronunciation and evolving, you should consider using a voice recorder. Try to read an Italian text out loud and then compare it with the original version. This should help you improve your Italian pronunciation. But if you want to get your pronunciation skills to the next level in the shortest amount of time, getting a pronunciation coach would be the ideal solution for you. Because just by then, apart from the knowledge, you would gain the confidence and skills that would enable you to best perform in Italian language.
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