Pronunciation of the "ragazza"

Hello all, I guess that the pronunciation of the word "la ragazza" in this lesson is incorrect, isn't it?

December 19, 2012


I agree that it is kinda bad. Anyways, In general, zz in Italian is pronounced tz, as in pizza.

December 19, 2012

A phoentic spelling is ra-gat-sa

December 19, 2012

I'm not a native speaker but for me the computer voice is pretty close. See here for a recording by a native speaker:

December 19, 2012

That pronunciation is pretty good

December 20, 2012

The funny pronunciation in "ragazza" only happened once.

December 20, 2012

As a semi-native speaker (One parent is Italian, so I speak it about as well as English) that is a bad clip - it doesn't show the rolled R.

December 7, 2013

I've been hearing 'regatta'. I'm very new to Italian, but it seemed odd.

December 20, 2012

I can already speak basic Italian, and the machine pronunciation of "ragazza" sounds like "ragata" to me, and it's terrible.

December 23, 2012

I think the computer voice is just funky period. I had the same experience with Duolingo Spanish... The inflection, i.e. pitch and accent, sounds fine, but "zz" is coming through as "tt" for example and that's no matter what computer I use.

January 1, 2013

La pronuncia non è proprio perfetta, ma è molto simile alla pronuncia vera.

February 6, 2013

Si è simile, ma in Italia nessuno che parli un italiano corretto pronuncia la doppia z in quel modo (Yes, it's similar, but in Italy nobody pronounces the double z that way)

July 20, 2013

Yeah. I mean its not perfect but its close enough that it really doesnt matter.

July 26, 2013

Una cosa: Devi scrivere "pronounces", non "pronounce".

December 7, 2013

Grazie newbiedoodle, hai ragione, mi era sfuggito. Ho corretto.

December 31, 2013

I lived in Italy for three years and it is pronounced ra-ga-tsa. The "z" makes the "ts" sound and when you have double consents you drag the sound out. Italians speak with a a lot of mouth and tounge movement. Good luck.

May 18, 2013

Actually, it's the double Z that makes "ts", otherwise it's the normal Z sound, at least in my experience when talking with my Roman grandparents.

December 7, 2013

like piza ( no ts sound just s ) and pizza ( ts sound )

December 14, 2013

There was one moment I thought the machine came from Venice. La ragazza with a pronunciation without the -t- sound.

December 19, 2012

Please check, these voices are really good.

January 4, 2014

sounds more like ragatta to me here, but the link in the discussion is clearly ragatza or ragasza (milan v. naples?). Could be my ear trying to adjust.

December 29, 2012

It doesn't sound incorrect to me. The zz in "ragazza" sounds like the ts in "cats" (or like a German Z if you happen to speak German).

February 3, 2013

The "zza" should sound like "tsa"

February 6, 2013

It sounds like Regazza, which is making me spell it incorrectly pretty much every time without realising D:

April 21, 2013

Wataya, thanks for your comment. I'm not a native speaker either, but when listening to the word I hear only "raga" without "-zza"! Perhaps it's pronounced too sillent.

December 19, 2012

OK, I haven't encountered this version, yet. Maybe in your case there were some network issues or the like.

December 19, 2012

Yes, it's badly pronounced. The sample provided by wataya is dead on, though.

December 19, 2012

there is a great deal of regional variation in pronunciation of Italian. Most would say "ragatsa", but some pronounce "ragaza", and either would be understandable to most Italians.

December 29, 2012

To my ears it sounds like a lisp- ragatha!

January 19, 2013

I totally agree. It's as if she is lisping that z sound. Ragazza is the same sound as pizza - the same hard z sound.

February 17, 2013

Why are the pictures AND the translations given as choices after the English word (Level 1) is given? This is crazy. Of course I know that a picture of a woman is a woman. This can't be what the game is about!

February 18, 2013

its about learning, so pictures and translations help

March 8, 2013

yes, it is incorrect.

March 16, 2013

I have been keeping a second tab open on google Translate for comparison sometimes hearing two voices saying the same word makes it a little clearer; also i generally noticed that their pronunciations were close in spanish so I presume it's the same for their other languages as well:

April 3, 2013

the R is pronounced like in spanish and the zz is tz the rest is easy

July 7, 2013

Thank you all. I have spoken basic Italian for years and when I heard the pronunciation of ragazza..., I thought .... what? have I been pronouncing this word wrong all these years. It is validating to see that other people questioned the pronunciation as well. I questioned a couple of other words also...but now I know that maybe I am not I plan to continue using this website and see if I can progress to advanced beginner or intermediate speaker.

July 20, 2013

I've been hearing "Raga"... But I guees the sound of zz in Italian is the same as zz in Pizza.. Pronounced as /"tz"/: /"Pitza"/ and /"Ragatza"/

July 23, 2013

Just think of Pizza, where zz is pronounced ts, Pitsa

August 9, 2013

ra-gat-sa, thank you

November 1, 2013

Its pronounced as Ragatza, with the tongue roll on the R of course.

December 19, 2013
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