G

Italian Letter

The Italian letter G can be pronounced in a few different ways.

1. When G precedes a soft vowel (E, I), it is pronounced like the soft g in "gel." Phonetic symbol: [dʒ]

Italian sound files Per esempio…
the letter g
gelato   ice cream
giorno   day
pigiama   pajamas
valigetta   briefcase

2. When G precedes a hard vowel (A, O, U) or R, it’s pronounced like the hard g in "granite." Phonetic symbol: [g]

Italian sound files Per esempio…
gomito   elbow
grazie   thank you
guanti   gloves
lattuga   lettuce

 When a hard G sound is needed in front of E or I, add H: GH.

See GL and GN for two other pronunciations.

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