Italian communication chart

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Pronunciation

In Italian every letter in a word is pronounced except for an “h” at the start of a word which is always silent. It is important to pronounce the vowel sounds A, E, I, O, U correctly. Here is a guide:

  • A –  sounds like a in park
  • I –   sounds like i in pin
  • U –  sounds like u in put
  • E –  sounds like e in fed
  • O –  sounds like o in hospital

Don’t forgot to roll your Rs.

The pronunciation of the letters C and G can change from a hard sound (like “c” in cat or “g” in get) to a soft sound (like “c” in chair or “g” in germ). To help you with these words refer to the letters in italics in brackets under the relevant words.

Two more tips: the GN sound is pronounced like the “n” in onion. The GL sound is pronounced like the “l” in million. Some describing words (adjectives) have an ‘a’ ending for females and an ‘o’ ending for males eg. lucky = fortunato/a. For a man it’s fortunato and for a woman it’s fortunata. Don’t forget to say NON CAPISCO (I don’t understand) if you don’t understand something.

Greetings

Days of the week

Numbers

Feelings/ Pain

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  • Do you want a doctor? - Vuole un dottore?
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  • Do you want your daughter? - Vuole sua figlia?
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  • Do you want your son? - Vuole suo figlio?

Giving Instructions

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  • Get up please - Si alzi per favore
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  • Let’s go now - Andiamo adesso
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  • Take your medicine - Prenda la medicina
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  • It’s important - E importante
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  • It’s time for… - E ora di...
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  • It’s time for breakfast - E ora di colazione
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  • It’s time for lunch - E ora di pranzo
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  • It’s time for dinner - E ora di cena
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  • It’s time for a shower - E ora di fare la doccia
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  • Brush your teeth - Si spazzoli i denti
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  • Let’s go to your room - Ritorniamo in camera
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  • Do you need to go to the toilet? - Deve andare in gabinetto?

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