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A pronunciation question for all of our Italian speakers(10 posts)

A pronunciation question for all of our Italian speakersBonked
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 speakerschare
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 speakerscincy1
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"

L'hai capito?
OK, pronounce "CIOCC" (nm)Alexx
Apr 4, 2003 5:21 PM
"choch" e un po strano, ma e giusto. nmbludoggy
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 incredibleDougSloan
Apr 5, 2003 7:27 AM
Is that you? Great help. Thanks.

never mindDougSloan
Apr 5, 2003 7:29 AM
Just saw the "by..." statement.

holy cow! that's incredibleBruno 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.