In today’s article we are going to list some words whose pronunciation is a common problem among foreign students who study Italian. Stay with us if you want to solve the problem once and for all! Besides, we will insert two-tongue twisters you can read to practice with the pronunciation of the sound G-L-I e and sounds like: SC, SCH, CH ecc.
Italian Words with the most Difficult Pronunciation
bruschetta /brus ‘ ketta/ (tomato garlic bread): slice of bread flavored by oil, tomato and rocket. It is light and tasty.
coinquilino /koinkwi ‘ lino/ (roommate): a person you share a room or an apartment with.
esercizio /ezer ‘ tʃittsjo/ (exercise): a training which takes place through a series of repeated tests. The plurale form is: esercizi /ezer ‘ tʃittsj/ (exercises).
esagerare /ezadʒe’ rare/ (exaggerate): exceeding the limits.
iscriversi /is ‘ kriversi/ (to subscribe) : to be included in a list in a group or in an organization becoming a member of them. The people who subscribe are: iscritti /is’ kritti/ (subscribers)
chiacchiericcio /kjakkje’ rittʃo/ (chatter): extended chatting among many people, which is subdued most of the time.
buio / ‘ bujo/ (dark): darkness, lack of light
aiuola /a ‘ jwɔla/ (flower bed): portion of land, in parks or gardens, which is usually adorned with flowers, to admire or photograph. The plural which form includes all Italian vowels and only one consonant, is : aiuole /a ‘ jwɔle/ (flower beds)
cinquecentocinquantacinque /tʃinkwe ‘ tʃɛntotʃin ‘ kwanta ‘ tʃinkwe/ (five-hundred-fifty-five): number.
promiscuità /promiskui ‘ ta/ (promiscuity) : presence of both male and female people in the same place which could cause confusion and discomfort.
impacciato /impat ‘ tʃato/ (clumsy) : adjective which refers to shy people who have low confidence.
fagiolini /fadʒo ‘ lini/ (string beans) : green and unripe pods of a variety of bean, which can be prepared with pasta.
meraviglioso /meraviʎ ‘ ʎoso/ (amazing/ wonderful): adjective which indicates something that generates astonishment and admiration.
schema / ‘ skema/ (scheme): model or basis of a larger project, usually composed by lines, squares, arrows, notes ecc. It must not be confused with “sCEma” / ‘ ʃema/ (dumb) which indicates a woman who is a bit stupid.
retrogrado /re ‘trogrado/ (retrograde/ stuck-in-the-mud): movement which is contrary or opposed to something is considered normal or person who is indifferent to any change, especially the social change.
stuzzicadenti /stuttsika ‘ dɛenti/ (toothpick): thin and pointy wooden stick, that is used to remove food fragments between the teeth.
mattina /mat ‘ tina/ (morning): part of the day that goes from dusk to midday. It must not to be confused with “macchina” (machine/car)
accecare /attʃe ‘ kare/ (to blind): depriving someone of the sight through a strong light or, in a figurative sense, dazzling someone with an excessive beauty.
agnostico /aɲ’ ɲɔstiko/ (agnostic): person who has suspended their judgement or who doesn’t take a position about matters like faith or politics.
Let’s see, now, the tongue twisters for the sounds :
GLI: “Sul tagliere gli agli taglia, non tagliare la tovaglia! La tovaglia non è aglio, se la tagli fai uno sbaglio!” (On the cutting board, cut the garlic, not on the table cloth! The table cloth is not garlic, you make a mistake if you cut it)
SC: “Ho in tasca l’esca ed esco per la pesca! Ma il pesce non s’adesca: c’è l’acqua troppo fresca! Convien che la finisca, non prenderò una lisca! Mi metto in tasca l’esca e torno dalla pesca! (I have a bait in my pocket and I go out for fishing! But the fish can’t be lured: the water iv too cold! It’s better I end it now, I won’t get a fish bone. Ii’ll put the bait back in the pocket and I come back home from fishing!)
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