Accents

Italian accentsWhile Italian uses many of the same letters as English, the vowels may have little decorations that can make them look and sound very different. In Italian, accents are essential: they’re there for a reason, so you must include them when writing.

   

Alphabet

Italian alphabetIf you want to read and write in Italian, one of the first things you should learn is the Italian alphabet, which has 21 letters. You know them all from the English alphabet but they are pronounced differently, so take a moment to learn the Italian alphabet.

   

Hard and Soft Vowels

Italian hard and soft vowelsItalian vowels are divided into two categories: hard and soft. Hard vowels (A, O, U) cause the consonant that precedes them to be pronounced with a hard sound, while soft vowels (E, I) are preceded by a soft sound.