Introduction to the Italian language

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Hello Friends of Apriando Palavras, in this post we will give a basic introduction to the Italian language.

Italian is a Romance language of the Indo-European family spoken by around 70 million people, most of whom live in Italy. Standard Italian is based on the dialects of Tuscany and is somewhat intermediate between the languages ​​of southern Italy and the Gallo-Romance languages ​​of the north. Italian has double (or long) consonants like Latin, its accentuation is distinctive.

Approximately 70 million people have Italian as their mother tongue, in Brazil (15% of the Brazilian population is of Italian descent) it has a large colony, it is a language of easy assimilation, with words similar to Portuguese and Spanish, its peculiar pronunciation pleases in the ear of those who learn or appreciate it, those of us who don't like to hear the singer Laura Pausini or Tizziano Ferro, Il Volo Daniel Boaventura in Italian (I know he is Brazilian, but the album is VERY good), you certainly know others .., but the point is to LEARN.

To start, let's learn how to pronounce Italian and then we'll see some expressions and a song to train what we saw today, combined? come on - Andiamo!

Pronunciation Rules

GL: Pronounced LH in Portuguese.
Example: Figli; Famiglia, Oglio.

ATTENTION: The words preceding the N, the pronunciation is the same as in Portuguese.
Example: Anglican, Glanglio…

GN: NH is pronounced from Portuguese.
Example: Bagno; Ogni, Montangna, Agnello, Spagna.

SC: It is pronounced as CH in Portuguese.
Example: Scena, sciopero, sciupare,

Ç: There are rules for pronouncing C, Let's see some of them:

before TO and U pronounce like in Portuguese like in

Corner, House, Cuore, Horn

When you are in front of AND and Tch is pronounced like a Gaucho.

Scene, Cinema, cipolla, Marcello.

Ch: In front of AND and I it's like the Portuguese Que e Qui.

D: It is pronounced between the teeth, there is no DJI sound as cariocas usually say, before it is the same as Di northeastern.

G: Before I and AND has a DJ sound as Cariocas usually say Di

Example: People, Giorno, Giorgio, Geova

Before THE,THE and U is strong as in Portuguese

Example: Gatto, Gallina, Gaetano, Goloso, Gobbo and Guloso

R: Always Alveolar, even with duplicate r (rr) that is, always vibrant, like Pract, Coroa, Preto, Primo, from Portuguese.


Roma, Roberto, Riguardo, Riscatto, Regno, Rispetto;

Z: It is pronounced like Dz at the beginning of words and two z (zz) have a tz sound.

Example: Zucchero, Zorro, Carrozza.

Let's go to some expressions?

Let's train this song by Laura Pausini in Italian “Io canto” with Lyrics to train:

Well, that's it for today, let's continue to learn this beautiful language!

So… Ciao, Arrivederci !!!!