Italian Sounds – How to pronounce Letter G

In this article, you will learn Italian Sounds – How to pronounce Letter G

Most Italian consonants are pronounced like in English.

One exception is the letter G.

The Italian G has two sounds, depending on which letter follows it:

SOFT G: When g is followed by e or i

HARD G: When g is followed by a, o, u, or any consonant





g + vowels soft sound and hard sound Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

SOFT G

G + I

GI ☞ giraffa

giraffa Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + E

GE ☞ gelato

gelato Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

More Examples for Italian Sounds – How to pronounce SOFT G

girasole

girasole Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

ginocchio

ginocchio Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

giocattolo

gemelli

gemelli Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

giacca

giacca Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

giornale

giornale Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

HARD C

📌 G + vowel a-o-u

G + A

GA GATTO

gatto Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + O

GO GONNA

gonna Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + U

GU GUANTI

guanti Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

📌 G + consonants L – R – H

G + L

GL INGLESE

inglese Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + R

GR GROTTA

grotta Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + N

GN ☞ BAGNO

bagno Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + HI

GHI CINGHIALE

cinghiale Italian Sounds - How to pronounce Letter G

G + HE

GHE SPAGHETTI

spaghetti

More Examples for Italian Sounds – How to pronounce Hard G

aglio

aglio

gallo

gallo

coniglio

coniglio

galleria

galleria
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gondola

gondola

gufo

gufio

ghepardo

ghepardo

traghetto

traghetto

ragno

ragno

cigno

cigno

gomitolo

gomitolo

gambero

gambero

sughero

sughero

This pronunciation of this letter sounds terribly complicated, but in the end, it’s not that difficult. For that reason, it is important to get some practice.


Phrases to practice

1. Ho comprato un paio di guanti di lana (I bought a pair of wool gloves)

2. Il mio gatto è grigio(My cat is gray)

3. Per Gianni un gelato alla gianduia, per Margherita un ghiacciolo alla menta. (For Gianni a gianduja ice cream, for Margherita a mint ice lolly.)

4. Eugenio studia algebra e geometria. (Eugenio studies algebra and geometry..)

5. Vado in montagna a raccogliere le castagne (I go to the mountains to collect chestnuts)


Read and Listen a Little story for Italian Sounds – How to pronounce Letter G

Il gatto di Giulia si chiama Gastone. Lui ama giocare con i gomitoli e sedersi sulle gambe di Giulia per essere coccolato. Lei mi ha detto che quando gli accarezza la schiena, il gattino si volta e le lecca la guancia. Una volta però ha combinato un guaio: per giocare le ha graffiato i guanti nuovi.


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