Molto grazie, Marziotta! Is Italian your native language? May be slightly tricky, but NOTHING like English! I honestly pity anyone who has to learn English as a second language :)
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!)
Did you try with another browser? I know that Flash Media Player released a new version, maybe it doesn't work well on all the browsers.
Android has no problem with audio in Duolingo application for Android, only in browser
Yes there is. For the double P there are two ways to think abut pronouncing it. Think of the word as if it were TWO words like "Cap Pelli" when you pronounce it, or you can just hang on to the "a" in the first syllable a little longer while saying the word
Marziotta, I know that its a little early in the studies, but since I've studied a little of italian before, I must ask: does it have a significant difference on how the double consonant is pronouced?
To an Italian, the pronunciation of a double consonant is as clear as day.
I still have a very hard time with them. Some are easy, like sete / sette.
Some are funny when you get them wrong.
ano / anno
pene / penne
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.
I don't need to explain then how I was ordering a plate of angry penis for a year because no one thought to correct me. >.<
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.
I just thought of easy way to remember difference between hair and hat. Hair is under hat (unless you're bald..) and has only one P but when you put hat on you double the P so there's one P on top of another. This seems worse written down but it makes sense to me...
Why won't "the caps" work here? If hovered over the "cappelli", one of the translations is "caps".
To confuse things further, I think il cappello is a singular hat but I believe la cappella is chapel. So that singing "a cappella" is singing as in a chapel without accompaniament, and probably without hats.
what's the significant difference in the pronouncing between 'll' (double L) and 'gl'? cos from what i hear, both have the same pronounciation