Italian Letter Combination

The letter combination SC has two different pronunciations.

1. When SC precedes a hard vowel (A, O, U) or consonant, the letters are pronounced [sk] as in "scan."

Italian sound files Per esempio…
scala   staircase
scontrino   receipt
scrittore   desk
scuola   school

2. When SC precedes a soft vowel (E, I), the combination is pronounced like English’s sh as in "ship": IPA [ʃ].

Italian sound files Per esempio…
sciarpa   scarf
scialle   shawl
pesce   fish
prosciutto   ham

 When the [sk] pronunciation is needed in front of E or I, add H: SCH.

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