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Tackling the Basic Alphabets to Learn Italian Language Effectively

By Tlb

I personally believe that when everything that starts right will eventually end up right. Though there may be things that don’t seem to be as right as it progresses, but if you decide to continue doing it right, eventually, you will indeed finish everything right.

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In the context of Italian language learning, if you learn Italian language on its right basics and correct beginnings, everything will just flow as it is. Remember that the basics of whatever things you are learning are the most important and fundamental parts of the learning process. And in fair view to this, the basic alphabets are one of the topics to be tackled especially when you get to a formal learning at language schools.

Do you know the alphabets in Italian language? It actually has little differences with the English, but it’s not really very difficult to comprehend it. As you can observe with the alphabet enlisted below, you can see the difference and at the same time the comparison as well as to how you will weigh the difficulties from English to Italian.

Italian Alphabet

 A a   B b    C c   D d    E e    F f    G g    H h   

/a/   / bi/   /ci/   / di/   /e/   /effe/   / gi/   /acca/  

I I   L l   M m  N n    O o    P p

  /i/     /elle/   /emme/  /enne/   /o/   /pi/

   Q q   R r   S s   T t   U u    V v    Z z

   /cu/   / erre/   /esse/   / ti/   /u/   /vi/vu/  / zeta/

If you observe the diagram above, the Italian alphabet doesn’t have letters J, K, W, X and Y.Aaccording to its source, the letters J (i lunga), K (cappa), W (vi/vu doppia) X (ics) and Y (i greca) do appear in Italian but are thought of as foreign letters. They are used mainly in foreign loan words and their pronunciation depends on the word they appear in.

Does that mean you have lesser alphabet characters to memorize to? Oh, yes definitely! This also means that Italian language is really not that complicated compared to other difficult languages. So if you are fluent in English, you will be the learner who will find easier adjustments regulating the barriers. Mind you; when you start the learning right, you will eventually end it up alright as well.

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