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How to Pronounce Letter S in the Italian Language

Most Italian consonants are pronounced like in English.

One exception is letter S.

letter S is sharp as in “see” before consonants or at the beginning of words

Example: strada / strahdah / road

it is like z

as in “lazy” between two vowels

Example: casa / kahzah / home


is pronounced like sh

as in “she” before i and e

Example: sci / shee / ski

is pronounced sk

as in “skip” when followed by a consonant or by o, a, u

Example: scusa / skoozah / sorry


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