"The men drink."
Translation:Gli uomini bevono.
in front of a vocal such as in the word "uomo", the article is "lo" and not "il". Plural of "lo" is "gli", plural of "il" is "i".
This is true for words starting with vocals but not only, search for the rules but I believe those to be: -S followed by consonant. "lo sporco" -P followed by n or s. "gli pneumatici" -Gn. "lo gnocco" -X. -Y. -Z. "lo zio"
I personally try to pronounce it as both "yee" and "lee" at the same time. Basically, I try to combine the "l" and "y" sounds into one. I have no idea if I'm right since I don't have an instructor or anything to tell me either way, but that's how I do it. Maybe, one day, I'll find out if I'm right or wrong. In the meantime, I'm just making it sound okay to myself.
I've seen posts that say it's pronounced "yee" or "lee", but so far as I can tell, to pronounce it like an Italian, you need to make a kind of hybrid y/l sound, but the "y" is more of an "almost g" using the back of the tongue.
My strategy is to kind of say "glee" but without fully forming the g, so it sounds more like a y, meaning the back of my tongue doesn't make full contact with the roof of my mouth. The way I do it, the l sound isn't fully formed either, meaning that the tip of my tongue doesn't really make contact with the roof of my mouth. I try to blend the y/g and l sounds.
I'm not sure if my explanation is clear enough, but I'm not sure how to explain it much better than that. Other than trying to decipher my explanation, the best bet is to just try to find audio of Italians saying it on YouTube or something, and just listen to it over and over, and try to mimic it.