This is how Italians pronounce 'ts'. Like the German word for time, 'zeit'. but in some regions in Italy it may sound less like the 't' and 's' melted together, and more like 'dz' or 'tz'.
Z and ZZ in Italian can sometimes sound not like the English pronunciation of z. And sometimes they do. Like the city 'Piza' where it sounds like the English z. But the food 'Pizza' where it sounds like 'Pitsa'. Yet 'Zucchero' (Italian for Sugar) has one z and it sounds like 'Tsukero'. Confusing? most definitely! I guess we simply have to memorize each word.
When you click on a lesson, you see a light bulb, a key, and "start" or "practice". If you click on the light bulb, it tells you basics about the level you're studying.
For example, in Basics one, it says this-
The singular determinate articles (the) are:
Lo - masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.
Il - masculine, used before consonants except the above.
La - feminine, used before all consonants.
L' - an elision of the above used before vowels.
In basics two, it says this- Plural articles
The plural definite articles (the) are:
Gli - for masculine nouns before vowels, Z, S+consonant, GN and some rarer consonant clusters.
I - for masculine nouns in all other cases.
Le - for feminine nouns.
I know everyone's saying the pronunciation is hard to understand, which it is, but what is the actual pronunciation for the double 'z' in 'la tazza'?
Is it "la tazza" with a soft zzzzz sound like in zebra
or is it more of a 't' sound like 'ts'