Does anybody have an pronunciation tips to sound more like a native speaker? Things like mouth movement, tongue placement, rolled letter lengths, soft letters, etc.?
I just watched some good Italian pronunciation videos the other day! Lemme see if I can find them... I think one of the points the guy stressed was that you just need to get your vowels right and you will be understood in Italian. I'll be right back...Ah, it was this guy, he's great! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RnronNK5QDU Hope this helps! :)
I see that you aren't currently active, tnel1 (if that even is your real name), but I still have to tell you that this is my favorite comment of all the Duolingo comments I have ever read in my entire life! You have my very biggest smiles, best wishes, and a complimentary lingot.
Italian is generally spoken with a much more open mouth than English.
Here are a few simple guidelines.
- The vast majority of words are stressed on the second to last syllable.
- Accents, when used, almost always occur on the very last letter of the word.
- Unlike English, double consonants are pronounced differently than single consonants, almost such that there is a pause in the middle of the consonant sound.
Personally I found that listening to Italians speaking really helped. Like, just being exposed to the accent and pronunciations etc. I've been learning Italian at school for years and my teachers are native speakers, so I picked up the pronunciation pretty quickly. Try looking up Italian vloggers, or watching tutorial videos if you don't have immediate access to an Italian ;) that way you can see their mouths moving, too. I know everyone learns differently but hey maybe this is what will work for you! Good luck! :)
Remember to roll your r's and ALWAYS pronounce your vowels like this:
Also, double consonants such as a double l are stressed more than single consonants.
Also, avoid the common mistake of pronouncing " grazie" as " gratsee." Each vowel should be articulated so it should be g-r (rolled)-ah-ts-ee-eh.
The z is not usually pronounced as "ts" (except in grazie). It's normally pronnounced as in English. As I said before, double consonants are stressed more so a double z is always pronounced as "ts"
also, a "c" by itself in a word is pronounced as you would pronounce a "ch," such as in " piacere"( peeahchehreh). A "ch" is pronounced like a "k," as there is no "k" in Italian.
Lastly, remember that the "h" is always silent!
In bocca al lupo!