Love ya asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

How do you read double ll in Italian ?

Hello

I started to learn Italian myself

I think it will be easy since I speak Spanish

Is it like in spanish word pollo ?

And also it would be nice If someone give the rules of reading in Italian

Thanks

Update:

E.g. how do you read word cavallo ?

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  • andrew
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    In Italian double consonants are simply longer versions of the single consonants. There are no special pronunciations for double consonants like the LL in Spanish.

    To pronounce a double consonant, just hold your tongue in the position for a longer period of time than you would in English So cavallo sounds like kah-VAHL-Loh.

    You can hear the word "cavallo" here:

    http://www.forvo.com/word/cavallo#it

    Pronouncing double consonants in Italian is VERY important, as some words are distinguished only by the length of the consonants. For example, many beginners fail to double the "n" in "anno" ("year"). One of the basic things students learn to ask is "Quanti anni hai?" ("How old are you?"), but saying "anni" with only one "n" you get "Quanti ani hai?" which actually means "How many anuses do you have?"

    Special pronunciation considerations:

    • «c» + «e» or «i» makes a "ch" sound.

    • «ch» always makes a "k" sound.

     – CA CHE CHI CO CU sound like KA KEH KEE KOH KOO

     – CIA CE CI CIO CIU sound like CHA CHEH CHEE CHOH CHOO

    • «g» + «e» + «i» makes a "J" sound.

    • «gh» always makes the sound of "g" in "game"

     – GA GHE GHI GO GU sound like GA GAY GEE (in 'geek') GO GOO

     – GIA GE GI GIO GIU sound like JA JAY JEE JOH JOO

    • «gn» makes the same sound as «ñ» in Spanish

    • «gli» makes the sound of an L and a Y together

     – "meglio": http://www.forvo.com/word/meglio#it

    • «h» is always silent.

    • «s» between two vowels is sometimes pronounced like a "z": "rosa" is pronounced "roza" (like in English)

    • «sc» + «e» + «i» makes a "sh" sound.

    • «sch» always makes the "sk" sound.

     – SCA SCHE SCHI SCO SCU sound like SKA SKEH SKI SKOH SKOO

     – SCIA SC(I)E SCI SCIO SCIU sound like SHA SHEH SHEE SHOH SHOO

    • «z» NEVER sounds like the "z" in "buzz". It has two pronunciations, but there's no good way to predict which one, and some words are even pronounced differently by region:

      • the sound of "ts" in "bets"

      • the sound of "dz" in "beds"

    Those are the big ones!

  • irene
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Italian double L is pronounced just like a standard L, only longer.

    This works for all Italian double letters.

    DO NOT pronounce double letters as if they were single, you might end up saying something else.

    Capello = hair

    Cappello = hat

    Reggia = royal palace

    Regìa = direction

    Fatto = done

    Fato = fate

    Dita = fingers

    Ditta = company

    You definitely need to hear the difference so that you can pronounce each word correctly.

    Try this site:

    http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example....

    Source(s): Italian native
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. in spanish, as you know, the double ll sound is pronounced like a y. In italian, it is pronounced like an L. And you don't encounter a double L in italian as much as you do in spanish. cavallo is read "ca-vah-lo."

    Invest in a good language learning book or find a good website if you want to learn all of the pronunciations, there are many to list. Learning how to pronounce all the alphabet is a good place to start

    Source(s): I speak italian.
  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    In Spanish the double l is found more of often ans is pronounced as y. In Italian it's found less often and is simply pronounced as L. An example is Mantello ( pronounced LO ) meaning coat.

    Hope this helps

    Source(s): STUDIED ITALIAN &NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKER
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  • Joels
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    The double l in Italian is pronounced as a single one in English, so you pronounce it like 'Apollo' in English. In Spanish you do have a new sound.

    Bye !

  • no! double L is similar to a normal L...

    Source(s): I'm Italian!
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    francsais italiano

  • 1 decade ago

    no i think its pronounced as a y

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