Italian Pronounced Like English

Italian Pronounced Like English provides the easiest introduction to the pronunciation of Italian words.

The very easiest Italian Pronunciations are Italian words spelled like English and also pronounced like English.

These are also the very easiest Italian words to take with you when you travel to Italy.

Some of the following Italian words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like ‘computer’. Some others have been borrowed by both English and Italian from other languages, like ‘café’ from French.

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

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

Later you can listen to how Italian people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically Italian. For example, the letter –i- in Italian is always pronounced ‘-ee-’ [whereas in English it is often pronounced ‘-ih-’]

For another example, the letter –a- in Italian is always pronounced ‘-ah-’ as it also is in England [whereas elsewhere in some cases in English it is pronounced [-eh-’] or various other ways.


Italian Words Spelled Like English And Pronounced Like English:


acne -- [‘acne’]

amaretto -- [‘amaretto’]

American Express -- [‘American Express’]

antipasto -- [‘antipasto’]

alfredo -- [‘alfredo’]

area -- [‘area’]

arrabbiata -- [‘arrabbiata’]

avocado -- [‘avocado’]

banana -- [‘banana’]

bar -- [‘bar’]

baseball -- [‘baseball’]

basketball -- [‘basketball’]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

biscotti -- [‘biscotti’]

bolognese -- [‘bolognese’]

boutique -- [‘boutique’]

brandy -- [‘brandy’]

broadband -- [‘broadband’]

broccoli -- [‘broccoli’]

buffet (style) -- [‘buffet’]

caddy -- [‘caddy’]

calamari -- [‘calamari’]

camper (vehicle) -- [‘camper’]

canneloni -- [‘canneloni’]

cannoli -- [‘cannoli’]

cappuccino -- [‘cappuccino’]

carpaccio -- [‘carpaccio’]

cashmere -- [‘cashmere’]

cent (euro) -- [‘cent’]

check-in (hotel / airport) -- [‘check-in’]

cocktail (shrimp) -- [‘cocktail’]

cognac -- [‘cognac’]

computer -- [‘computer’]

consommé -- [‘consommé’]

cracker -- [‘cracker’]

crostini -- [‘crostini’]

dessert -- [‘dessert’]

Diner’s Club -- [‘Diner’s Club’]

Discover (credit card) -- [‘Discover’]

driving range -- [‘driving range’]

duty-free -- [‘duty-free’]

e-mail -- [‘e-mail’]

espresso -- [‘espresso’]

extra -- [‘extra’]

extra large -- [‘extra large’]

fast food -- [‘fast food’]

fax -- [‘fax’]

fettuccine -- [‘fettuccine’]

foto -- [‘foto’]

film (movie) -- [‘film’]

fitness -- [‘fitness’]

freezer -- [‘freezer’]

fritatta -- [‘fritatta’]

full-time -- [‘full-time’]

fusilli -- [‘fusilli’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

gelato -- [‘gelato’]

gin -- [‘gin’]

gnocchi [‘gnocchi’]

golf -- [‘golf’]

golf carts -- [‘golf carts’]

gorgonzola -- [‘gorgonzola’]

guava -- [‘guava’]

hip hop -- [‘hip hop’]

hotel -- [‘hotel’]

instant messenger -- [‘instant messenger’]

internet -- [‘internet’]

iTunes -- [‘iTunes’]

jazz -- [‘jazz’]

jeans -- [‘jeans’]

jogging -- [‘jogging’]

ketchup -- [‘ketchup’]

king size -- [‘king-size’]

kiwi -- [‘kiwi’]

kosher -- [‘kosher’]

lager -- [‘lager’]

lasagne -- [‘lasagne’]

latte -- [‘latte’]

lift pass -- [‘lift pass’]

linguine -- [‘linguine’]

limosine -- [‘limosine’]

Mac (computer) -- [‘Mac’]

mango -- [‘mango’]

marinara -- [‘marinara’]

MasterCard -- [‘MasterCard’]

minestrone -- [‘minestrone’]

motel -- [‘motel’]

mozzarella -- [‘mozzarella’]

New Age (music) -- [‘New Age’]

night-club -- [‘nightclub’]

no -- [‘no’]

oh -- ‘[oh’]

OK -- [‘OK’]

opera -- [‘opera’]

osso buco -- [‘osso buco’]

papaya -- [‘papaya’]

parmigiano -- [‘parmigiano’]

partner (relationship) -- [‘partner’]

part-time -- [‘part-time’]

password (computer) -- [‘password’]

paté -- [‘paté’]

PC (computer) -- [‘PC’]

penne -- [‘penne’]

pesto -- [‘pesto’]

piano bar -- [‘piano bar’]

pilsner -- [‘pilsner’]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pizzeria -- [‘pizzeria’]

polenta -- [‘polenta’]

pomodoro -- [‘pomodoro’]

pop (music) -- [‘pop’]

popcorn -- [‘popcorn’]

prosciutto -- [‘prosciutto’]

provelone -- [‘provelone’]

puttanesca -- [‘puttanesca’]

radicchio -- [‘radicchio’]

ragu -- [‘ragu’]

rap (music) -- [‘rap’]

reggae -- [‘reggae’]

ricotta -- [‘ricotta’]

rigatoni -- [‘rigatoni’]

risotto -- [‘risotto’]

rock ‘n’ roll -- [‘rock ‘n’ roll’]

salsa -- [‘salsa’]

scaloppine -- [‘scaloppine’]

scotch -- [‘scotch’]

shampoo -- [‘shampoo’]

sherry -- [‘sherry’]

shopping -- [‘shopping’]

single -- [‘single’]

snorkeling -- [‘snorkeling’]

snowboard [‘snowboard’]

soft spikes (golf) -- [‘soft spikes’]

souvenir -- [‘souvenir’]

spaghetti -- [‘spaghetti’]

sport -- [‘sport’]

squash (sport) -- [‘squash’]

stop (road sign) -- [‘stop’]

suite -- [‘suite’]

super (fuel) -- [‘super’]

surf -- [‘surf’]

taxi -- [‘taxi’]

techno (music) -- [‘techno’]

tee time -- [‘tee time’]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

tequila -- [‘tequila’]

tiramisù -- [‘tiramisù’]

tofu -- [‘tofu’]

torso -- [‘torso’]

tortellini -- [‘tortellini’]

Visa (credit card) -- [‘Visa’]

vodka -- [‘vodka’]

volts, 110 & 220 -- [‘volts’]

vongole -- [‘vongole’]

weekend -- [‘weekend’]

western (movie) -- [‘Western’]

whisky -- [‘whisky’]

wireless (internet) -- [‘wireless’]

wi-fi -- [‘wi-fi’]

wow -- [‘wow’]

XL -- [‘XL’]

yogurt -- [‘yogurt’]

ziti -- [‘ziti’]

zucchini -- [‘zucchini’]



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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.

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