An example of a mnemonic: when memorizing the 4 DNA components (Guanine, Adenine, Thymine and Cytosine), think 'Go Away, Tom Cruise'. That's a mnemonic, while saying that 'mucca' sounds like (emphasis on sounds like) 'moo cow' isn't really. You can use the adjective term 'mnemonic' by saying that it helps jogs a person's memory in remembering that word, but in all sense of the noun, no, it is not commonly accepted as a mnemonic. However, as I've stated before, it does work. Just not as a mnemonic. P.S. Sorry to all Tom Cruise fans out there. It was the only one I had spare in my Human Bio notes.
Actually – I agree :)... When I wrote the original comment I realised 'mnemonic' wasn't quite right (for the reasons given) but then looked it up in the online Oxford dictionary, Wikipedia and elsewhere – which all imply that the noun 'mnemonic' can be used for any kind of aide-memoire. In normal usage though, I don't think that's right.
Silvia and Rae, you are both right: the nouns ending with -ca and -ga maintains to the plural the velar consonants K and G, therefore they become -chi and -ghi for masculine, -che and -ghe for feminin.
Bar-ca(boat, fem.sing.) http://it.forvo.com/search/barca/it/
monar-ca (monarch, masculin sing) http://it.forvo.com/search-it/monarca/ monar-chi (plural) http://it.forvo.com/search-it/monarchia/ (without the ending a), pronouce of -chi http://it.forvo.com/search/chi/
strate-ga(strategist, mas. sing) http://it.forvo.com/search-it/stratega/
strate-ghi (plural) pronounce for -ghi http://it.forvo.com/search-it/aghi/
I listened over & over and tried to hear mucche, because that's a word we've learned, but what I heard sounded like mocche - an "o" sound, not a "u". Do you hear "o" or "u"? In other words, is there a problem with the recorded voice, or a problem with my computer's speakers? Or (another possibility) are there dialect differences that would cause the man making the recording to pronounce the "u" sound more like an "o"?
le are both for feminine nouns.
la is for singular: la mucca (the cow)
le is for plural: le mucche (the cows)
le is for feminine plurals.
i is for certain masculine plurals.