Italian Letter Combination

The letter combination GL has two pronunciations.

1. When GL is followed by I, it’s pronounced [lj], meaning an L sound followed by something like an English y sound, as in "you." It’s similar to the sound in the middle of the word "Italian."

Italian sound files Per esempio…
aglio   garlic
figlia   daughter
moglie   wife
spogliarsi   to undress

2. In front of any other vowel, GL is pronounced the way it looks: [gl]. This is much less common.

Italian sound files Per esempio…
sigla   acronym
inglese   English
glossario   orb
glutine   gluten

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