How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

In this article, you will learn how to pronounce the letter S in Italian.

Most Italian consonants are pronounced like in English.

One exception is the letter S.

The Italian S has two sounds:




How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

General rules about letter S pronunciation

VOICELESS S – SORDA (SOFT SOUND):  the letter S is pronounced like an English S 

VOICELESS S – SORDA (SOFT SOUND)

➡️ SCA
➡️ SCO
➡️ SCU
➡️ SCHI
➡️ SCHE
➡️ SF
➡️ SP
➡️ SQ
➡️ ST
➡️ SS

➡️ S+ vowel (at the beginning of the word)


VOICED S – SONORA (HARD SOUND): the letter S is pronounced close to an English Z

VOICE S – SONORA (HARD SOUND)

➡️ SB
➡️ SD
➡️ SG
➡️ SL
➡️ SM
➡️ SN
➡️ SR

➡️ vowel + S + vowel


The demonstration between the two S (voiceless or voiced) is quite complicated because the Italian regional accents of S are could be different. In these cases, the difference in pronunciation never causes problems of understanding.

SOFT S – voiceless sound

Sole

sole How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

More Examples for Italian Sounds – How to pronounce Voiceless SOFT S

girasole

girasole How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

scala

scala How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

schiena

schiena How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

sfera

sfera How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

stella

stella How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

spada

spada How to pronounce ITALIAN Letter S

HARD S – voice sound

rosa

rosa

musica

musica

sdraia

sdraia

slittino

slittino

bisnonno

bisnonno

Israele

israele

More Examples for Italian Sounds – How to pronounce letter S

sasso

sasso

scarpe

scarpe

sapone

sapone

salsiccia

salsiccia

spalla

spalla

stalla

stalla

asfalto

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. Il guerriero combatte con la spada e lo scudo. (The warrior fights with the sword and shield.)

2. Nel bosco vivono molti scoiattoli. (Many squirrels live in the forest.)

3. Le rose rosse sono bellissime. (Red roses are beautiful.)

4. Stefano è seduto sulla sedia. (Stefano is sitting on the chair.)

5. Questo sapone è rosa (This soap is pinks)


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

Simone ha sudato perchè ha fatto una corsa nel bosco. Ora è tornato a casa tutto sudato e vuole lavarsi il viso e le mani con il sapone per rinfrescarsi. Si siede sulla sedia e si mangia un piatto di spaghetti con il sugo.

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LINKS

🔗 Italian Sounds: How to pronounce the letter Q

🔗 Italian Sounds: How to pronounce the letter C

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🔗 The Italian Alphabet: Learn Your ABCs and How to Pronounce




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