Enhanced Beginner's Italian Level 1 - Lesson # 1
The Italian alphabet, pronunciation and basic greetingsAfter this class you should;
know the Italian alphabet.
understand the basic principals of pronouncing Italian.
be able to use some basic greetings such as hi, hello, how are you, etc.
The Native Italian Alphabet
This chart shows the names of the letters in the Italian alphabet with pronunciation
This chart shows Letters from words of foreign origin found in the Italian Language with pronunciation
Learning tips on pronouncing ItalianDisclaimer – I confess that I do use and teach some generalizations and even sound exaggerations but if you follow this path you will find it will lead you to a good pronunciation of the Italian Language. Also, as with most if not all information presented on this website there are “exceptions to the rule”. We will deal with these as we come across them in our studies.
We have now added an "Pronunciation Example" to go with each rule. Simply click on the word that is the pronunciation example to hear what it sounds like.
Italian vowelsFor the time being, when speaking Italian, always pronounce the vowels in the following manner:
Italian Syllabication and Double ConsonantsYou will find more often than not that syllables in Italian are divided as follows:
Sono (So_no) Sette (Set_te) Perche (Per_che)
When you see double consonants, pronounce both as follows:
Otto (sounds like Oht-toh)
* Although greatly simplified I learned this information from the Book “Ciao!” by Carla Federici and Carla Larese Riga, Copyright 1986 – Capitolo Preliminare (Pages 2-4) and from the Drive Time Italian Audio Course, Copyright 2005
basic online exercise Advanced Exercise
Printable large flash cards (English Side)
Printable large flash cards (Italian Side)
Printable small flash cards (English Side)
Printable small flash cards (Italian Side)
basic online exercise
Exercise (Italian to English)
Exercise (English to Italian)
|Printable Video Dialog|
Printable Practice Sheets
|printable comprehension crossword|
Useful Italian question;
Come si dice … in italiano?
How do you say ... in Italian?
Class DialogUsing only the vocabulary we have learned so far, learn how to say everything below in Italian (except what is in " "), print out and bring the printable form of this dialog and be prepared to say the dialog below for one of the person's in class.
Person #1 - Hi _______.
Person #2 - Hi ________, how are you?
Person #1 – Not too bad, and you? How are you?
Person #2 – excellent!
Person #3 - How do you say "goodbye" in Italian?
Person #2 - Goodbye.
Person #1 - Goodbye _________.
Person #2 - Goodbye _________.
printable class dialog
You can learn more about The Italian alphabet and pronunciation on these pages of the following books.
1 - 5 (page #'s may vary as I have an older edition) of "Ciao" by Carla Federici & Carla Larese Riga, copyright 1986.
If you do not own these books, don't worry, it is not mandatory that you do unless you were instructed to buy them at the beginning of the class. However, they can be very useful in a lot of ways and if you would like to know more about these books and where to buy them, simply go to our online bookstore or quicker yet, just click on the appropriate book below.
Did you know? - A bit of Italian Trivia"Italian wines are exported abroad each year to the average quantity of 1,092,000 tons of which 840,000 tons go to countries of the European Union and the rest to countries outside this area. Italy imports 12,375 tons of wine every year, of which 10,519 tons come from countries in the European Union (with France in the lead) and the rest from countries outside." -
Source - Italian.lifetips.com
Have you heard? - Some good Italian MusicIn addition to the opera (both traditional and contemporary) that Italy has become famous for, they also have quite the contemporary music scene with extremely talented artists in all genres including Pop, Jazz, Rock, etc. Below is a song that to be honest, I am not really sure how to categorize. It is kind of Pop meets Opera. What ever it is, it is beautiful! . I hope you enjoy!
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