"È un libro."
Translation:It is a book.
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How does one actually pronounce the "è" sound anyway? I just assumed it was pronounced like "eh", but most of the time is either completely silent or sounds like something else completely. In the sentence "È un libro", I can SWEAR that the speaker says "El libro". So is it "Eh un libro", "El libro", or something else?
I understand how you feel. They are not very good at pronouncing the words. Don't blame yourself, everyone hears the same thing. I just click the slow button many times until I am sure I am hearing the right thing. Another helpful thing is that if the sentence was el un libro, it would be The a book, and that makes no sence, so you must assume it is e.
"È" means "(he/she/it) is" - the pronoun is optional (and worked out from the context), only the properly conjugated verb is required in Italian (same as in Latin, Spanish, and Portuguese too IIRC). From what I understand, "it" is rarely used in Italian, so if you just see the "È" and no other context to suggest he or she, then it means "it is".