https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VioletteWWW

how do i distinct the pronociation of "ragazzi"and “ragazze”?

i can never tell the difference of these two words,it drives me crazy

March 7, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

The pronunciation of "ragazzi" ends with an "ee" sound..."ragazz-ee" and "ragazze" has an "eh" sort of sound, like "ragazz-eh"..kind of in between an "aye" and "eh" sound but I think it leans more towards the "eh" sound. It is kind of hard to write out sounds but I hope this helped a little?

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

When we sang in Latin, they would tell us that e was pronounced like the English letter A, but not with the diphthong at the end (You know how if you draw out the letter A, it sounds like AAAAEEEE, you just lop off the EEE part.

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cantchooseaname

That is exactly right.

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VioletteWWW

yeah, that absolutely helped,thanks ! i'll try again on the software, hope it will recognize my different pronociations this time

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Glad it helped! Have some lingots if you need a few. :)

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Platypus01

Also, the definite article helps a lot.

I ragazzi

Le ragazze

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cantchooseaname

Ragazzi ends with an "ee" sound, as described by DeutscheMaus, while the "e" at the end of Ragazze has the exact same sound as the first E in "elite" (loanword from French, American pronunciation.).

https://translate.google.it/#it/en/i%2C%20ragazzi%2C%20e%2C%20ragazze ; but also https://www.google.it/?gws_rd=crei=mq2MUojEN-Gu4ASx-4H4Aw#q=define+elite (this only works if your Google is set to English).

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VioletteWWW

thank you ,this sounds very clear

March 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cherylkuchta

While your explanation of the difference between the two words is logical, in reality the speaker seems to pronounce them identically. She sort of bites off the ending and it is virtually impossible to hear the vowel. - At least for me. So I keep getting it wrong because I am guessing what she is saying!

June 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sky884118

Yep, I found that difficulty too :)

December 4, 2018
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