The words you’ll most often use when describing colors in Italian are:
• rosso = red
• arancione = orange
• giallo = yellow
• verde = green
• blu = blue
• porpora/viola = purple
• bianco = white
• nero = black
• grigio = grey
• marrone = brown
Of course, there are plenty of other words for different combinations of these colors or nuanced names for particular shades, such as rosa (pink) and azzurro (light blue).
How you approach learning the Italian language depends on your ultimate objectives. Many early learners start by picking up common words and phrases to replicate the infamous Italian accent—perfecting buongiornio, bruschetta, arrivederci, molto bene, and more. Others may be coming back to Italian after previously studying it in school or exposure to the language in travel. Whatever your aim is for taking on Italian, you should definitely consider a language-learning program built with your goals in mind.
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If you’re a novice learner of Italian, one of the first features you’ll notice is the frequent use of double consonants. You will encounter this again and again in popular words, including the words anno and pizza and the name Alessandra. But even though every Italian word is enunciated a bit differently, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to pronouncing words with double consonants: to deemphasize the vowel that precedes the double consonants.
Another notable characteristic of Italian pronunciation relates to the letter c. You may be familiar with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c which is often spoken as an s sound. (In Spanish this is called el ceceo and differs markedly in Iberian Spanish.) In contrast with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c, in Italian the letter c can have a hard ch sound, like you hear in the English word “change.”
That said, the Italian letter c is pronounced differently in other contexts. The Italian letter c can sound like an English c and very similar to the k sound, as you hear in English words like car, can, cat, call, company, Carol, campus, California and code. You’ll hear this same k sound in Italian words. Of note, the words will include one of these vowels; a, o, or u. Examples of these Italian words with a c that sounds like a k include capra, Capri, Campari, cannoli, and campione.
- Italian = gnocchi
- Spanish = ñoqui
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