|A pronunciation question for all of our Italian speakers||Bonked|
Apr 4, 2003 11:18 AM
|What is the rule for the pronunciation of "c" in the Italian language? I believe that in some words it is pronounced as an "s," while in others it is pronounced "ch." Is there a rule for which way it is pronounced, is it random, or am I mistaken and they are all pronounced one way?
|re: A pronunciation question for all of our Italian speakers||chare|
Apr 4, 2003 1:04 PM
|as a general rule, just about all italian words containing the letter "c" are pronounced hard or like our "ch". a double "c" is a dead give away for a "ch" sound.
|re: A pronunciation question for all of our Italian speakers||cincy1|
Apr 4, 2003 1:21 PM
|In general, if the "c" has an "i" after it, its a soft sound as in bocci (bah-chee) or as in Luciano (Loo-chee-ah-no) or Cippolini (Chee-po-leen-eee). Now if there is an "a" after double "c's" it may also have a hard sound as in bocca (boh -kah). If the word is spelled with a "c" and an "h" as in "che", it is pronounced as a hard sound ("kay"). There are no Italian words I can think of where a "c" is pronounced with an "s" sound.
I think you can see where this is going. You need lessons. When in doubt say: Come si pronuncia questa parola? How do you pronounce this word? It works every time.
Apr 4, 2003 4:43 PM
|a c followed by an i or an e gets a 'ch' sound. A c followed by anything else (including an h) gets a 'k' sound. for example ciao = "chow"; cipo = "cheepo"; cena = "cheina"; but chiama = "kiama" and campy = "kampy"
the rules for g are the same, i.e. g + i or e = a "j" sound, but followed by anything else = a hard "g" sound as in "golf"
|OK, pronounce "CIOCC" (nm)||Alexx|
Apr 4, 2003 5:21 PM
|"choch" e un po strano, ma e giusto. nm||bludoggy|
Apr 4, 2003 6:02 PM
|RBRs own "Italian bike terms" on MP3 website....||Bruno S|
Apr 4, 2003 8:43 PM
|This might help:
|holy cow! that's incredible||DougSloan|
Apr 5, 2003 7:27 AM
|Is that you? Great help. Thanks.
Apr 5, 2003 7:29 AM
|Just saw the "by..." statement.
|holy cow! that's incredible||Bruno S|
Apr 5, 2003 12:48 PM
|I'm surprised that you didn't know about that website. It was made several months back and there was a long thread about it. You may want to put a link to it on the board since it seems to be a permanet and stable link.|| |