Yes, I am Italian even if I live in Germany. :)
I know it's tricky because all foreign people have problems with our double consonants, and the "capelli" "cappelli" is a classic mistakes for kids at elementary school as well. :D
I enjoyed learning English, I now use it (even if with many mistakes) on a daily basis, and I cannot stop learning languages, it's a drug, it's an addiction. :D
If you have any questions, please ask. :)
Thanks so much, Marziotta! I am totally addicted, too! I just joined a couple days ago and I CAN'T STOP! :) Only problem is, I'm experiencing technical problems and can't hear ANY audio :( Have written to tech support, but so far no answer. Anyway, THANKS AGAIN for your help! Feel free to add me as a friend! :) Molto grazie! (Ps- if you ever notice me making mistakes in my Italian here, please correct me!)
lol, being from Texas and living in Italy, I find italian so rapid-fire (heck, listening to someone from NYC speak english is hard enough), it's hard for me to differentiate based upon delays and such. I tend to rely on context.
I have to say, though, listening to my wife ask for a pen is priceless.
Im not marziotta, but i lived in italy for a while and my host mother explained that cappelli, or hats, has a stronger emphasis on the p. In italian, when there is a double consonant, there is often a stronger emphasis and a breif pause thing as if you are saying the p twice. When saying capelli, or hair, there is no such double pronunciation and the word flows more.
Think of cappelli as being Three Separate English Words (Don't forget about the double "L") when you say the word. "Cop PAIL Lee". Say all three English words separately and you will be pronouncing it differently that you do when you say the Italian word for hair (capelli)
Do the same when saying the word for a pen. Pronounce both "N"'s (penna becomes Pain Nah) If you fail to pronounce both "N"'s, you'll be saying "penis" ;-)