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Italian Pronunciation.. Alfa terms

Just wanted to check the proper pronunciation of a few things. Feel free to post anything else you want people to translate or pronounce and we can all learn something.

Vittorio Jano
This surname bothers me, I thought itd be A but apparently not. Is it:
A) Yah-No
B) Jah-No
C) Jay-No

Stradale

A) Stra-Dahl
B) Stra-Dah-Lay

Giulia
This could be personal taste Ive heard so many different versions, I would say B but whats it really meant to be?

A) Joo-Li-Ah
B) Jee-Yoo-Li-Ah
C) Jeh-Li-Ah

Disegno

I have no idea.

Bertone

A) Ber-tone-ay
B) Ber-tone

Freccia

A) Freh-kee-ah
B) Freh-chee-ah

Excuse my ignorance!
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Vittorio Jano
This surname bothers me, I thought itd be A but apparently not. Is it:
A) Yah-No

Stradale
B) Stra-Dah-Lay

Giulia
B) Jee-Yoo-Li-Ah

Disegno
disenyo

Bertone
A) Ber-tone-ay

Freccia
B) Freh-chee-ah
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Not exactly on topic but maybe close, if you have the Google toolbar and select options under the Google logo there is a setting where if you leave the cursor on an english word you can get the italian translation in a little window. It doesn't always work and you don't get the pronunciation but it can be fun.
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Thanks bianca! I got confused about Jano because thats how Id say it, then on the "Great Marques" doco on discovery channel the dude says "Jah-No"... he must be an idiot then
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Disegno = 'Deesaynyo'

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The "..ay" is troubling me a bit boys.

In most dialects, a word like BERTONE is Ber-ton-e - it has a soft 'e', not 'ay' the way we kill it here in Australia. So, same for Stradale, Competitzione etc, etc...

I dont know how language works in American schools, but here in Australia children are taught the sounds that letters make in speech. The letter E, is 'e', short and sweet. Same in Italian, and my Maltese too.
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Ah so more like..

.. Ber-tone-eh?


Here's a new one for everybody

Giugiaro

Also.. on something like.. Orazio or Carrozzeria.... Am i right in saying the the z sound is more like a "ts", i.e Oh-rart-see-oh or just Oh-ra-zee-oh

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Giugiaro - Jew-jar-oh

Pete, spot on. I should have clipped an 'h' on the end.
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Yeah its just for phonetic expression...
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this makes me feel dumb...er, what are the rules for the "cc" in Italian grammer? is it like "ch" or "see"? Is it like the old I before E thing?
same for the single "c" like in ve-low-chay, how does that work?

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You've got the 'c' thing right with "veloce", but drop the "chay", it should be "cheh". Capito?
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whoops, I dont know why I typed it that way, I usually say it ve low che. thanks Ben. btw, how do I say "I understand"? man, I really should get a book on learning Italian, if nothing else than to make my threats sound better!

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Another thing to remember, vowels are almost always pronounced the same if they appear twice in a word - Eg, penne is pen-neh, not pen-nay.

One to remember next time you're ordering pasta!

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And on the same principle, I believe Alfa should be pronounced ahl-fah, and Romeo with a short 'o' (as in hot), ie Ro-may-o, and not row-may-owe.

But I could be wrong cause I'm about as Italian as St Patrick.

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Bravo Damo, maybe you, Pete and I should go and order some "penneh" at e'cucina or Termini when I arrive there next month. 3 105's would look good parked together on Chapel Street.
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