Friday, July 6, 2007

Italian pronunciation

Blessedly, Italian is phonetic and presents few difficulties in pronunciation. Here are some of the basics.

Do not use the pronunciation of Italian surnames in America as a guide. These are very often adapted and anglicized.

Also avoid pronouncing diphthongs as two syllables. This irritates me no end. Do not order Pinot Gree-gee-oh or Kee-an-tee. There are only two syllables there: say Pinot Gree-jo and Kyan-tee. Also, stop tormenting all the Giuseppes of the world by calling them Gee-ooh-zeppy. They should be properly addressed as Joo-zeppeh.