English Pronounced Like Italian But Spelled Differently

English words pronounced like Italian but spelled differently are pronunciations that you already know from Italian that apply to English.

This is the Easiest English Pronunciation even though the word is spelled differently in English than in Italian.

The fact that most English nouns related to Italian do not end with a vowel that is pronounced -- but the Italian words do -- greatly limits the number of English words pronounced like Italian but spelled differently.

When you see an English foreign word spelled slightly differently from one in your native language, you might assume that it is also pronounced slightly differently from the word in your language. But in many cases an English word spelled slightly differently from one in your language is pronounced the same as in your language -- or can be pronounced the same as in your language and be understood by English speakers.

Some parts of these English words pronounced like Italian are spelled the same way as in Italian.

Some English words are pronounced like Italian. In the following pronunciation guide the pronunciation of English words pronounced like Italian are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: tour -- [‘tur’].

To keep English pronunciation easiest, English words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to Italian if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that English people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in Italian. You may merely sound like you have a ‘Italian accent’ in English.

Later you can listen to how English people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically English.

Most likely not to be understood are short words of one syllable. The more syllables a word has, the less likely it is to be misunderstood, because the adjoining syllables help clarify the meaning of any one syllable that might sound ambiguous, and might be mistaken for a different word by the listener.

A famous funny example of French being misunderstood is “Je t’adore!” -- three syllables pronounced [zhuh tah-DOHR]. It means ‘I love you!’ -- but to an English-speaker it can sound like ‘Shut the door!’

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English Pronounced Like Italian But Spelled Differently:

ITALIAN -- ENGLISH -- [SAY LIKE ITALIAN]

asma -- asthma -- [‘asma’]

blu -- blue -- [‘blu’]

caffé -- café -- [‘caffé’]

cheque -- check -- [‘cheque’]

cheques -- checks -- [‘cheques’]

diarrea -- diarrhea -- [‘diarrea’]

eco -- echo -- [‘eco’]

Gol! -- Goal! -- [‘Gol!’]

giacca -- jacket -- [‘giacca’]

chilo -- kilo -- [‘chilo’]

kasher -- kosher -- [‘kasher’]

mi -- me -- [‘mi’]

origano -- oregano -- [‘origano’]

pigiama -- pajamas -- [‘pigiama’]

papaia -- papaya -- [‘papaia’]

paprica -- paprika -- [‘paprica’]

foto -- photo -- [‘foto’]

patata -- potato -- [‘patata’]

rosbif -- roast beef -- [‘rosbif]

salame -- salami -- [‘salame’]

toilette -- toilet -- [‘toilette’]

tonno -- tuna -- [‘tonno’]

ombrello -- umbrella -- [‘ombrello’]

valle -- valley -- [‘valle’]

giallo -- yellow -- [‘giallo’]

iogurt -- yogurt -- [‘iogurt’]

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