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Italian: Pronunciation

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DoctorGuyFawkes
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Clifton, NJ
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Jan 19, 2017
Jan 9, 2018 at 2:26pm

I notice that with the word aeroporto, it is sometimes pronounced "airoporto" and other times "ah-airoporto." Also, with words containing double-letters, they are not always pronounced the same - for example, zucchero places its emphasis on the beginning ("dzu") while bicchiere places its emphasis on the middle ("kye"), as does ufficio ("fee")...

Also, with regards to rolling one's tongue, I find that I am able to roll it well but for only a short period of time. A word like arrivederci contains a rather sustained tongue-roll near the end of the word... How does one go about sustaining a tongue-roll?

Fabrice
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San Diego, CA
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Sep 17, 2012
Jan 9, 2018 at 3:58pm

When you fnd out you tell me.. i've been trying to do that roll for years ! All videos I find on how to do it just tell me how to place the tongue then say "now just let it vibrate". Well I have a non-vibrating tongue!

Nando1985
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Homestead, Florida
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Oct 1, 2017
Jan 9, 2018 at 10:46pm

It's just a matter of practice. I'm a native so the tongue roll is easy for me, however, when learning French I had a NIGHTMARE of a time learning to pronounce de R. I had to practice it for HOURS till it finally came out.

I know it's not much help, must the technical name for this is called "thrilling". Search for videos on YouTube on how to "thrill your tongue".

DennisG
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Seattle, WA
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Jan 26, 2011
Jan 10, 2018 at 1:37am

While it may sound thrilling, it's pronounced TRILLING.

andy@fluenz
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France
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Feb 6, 2011
Jan 10, 2018 at 3:07am

Italians are very forgiving regarding pronunciation. They are typically happy to hear when a foreigner gives an effort to learn Italian, so I wouldn't stress much about making the "r" perfect. You'll still be understood very well if you pronounce arrivederci with an English-sounding "r"

Fabrice
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San Diego, CA
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Jan 11, 2018 at 1:46pm

@Nando1985, yes I've watched hundreds of videos and none helped :(

alimarie1331
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Overland Park, KS
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Dec 20, 2017
Jan 12, 2018 at 2:02pm

I too have watched many videos and had little luck. I spent a lot of time when alone sounding like an idiot just trying to do it over and over...and over. At first I couldn't get a roll *at all* and even now when I do get it I also have trouble sustaining it. I've found practicing with the word 'quattro' helpful. I think it's easier because your tongue is hitting the back of your teeth and it's helpful to use the force (???) of that to start a roll. Also exhaling right as I'm starting the trill helps. It messes up the pronunciation sometimes, but then again, I'm only doing it to help myself get the hang of it. It's very hard to explain...kind of like I'm saying 'hro'. 'Quatt-hro.' This is probably as (un)helpful as all of the videos, but wanted to post *just* in case it might help someone. Unfortunately, I think the only solution is finding a way that helps you get it once and then just doing that over and over. :/

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