U is a vowel. How do you pronounce U in Italian? Read on to find out.
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How to pronounce U in Italian
U is always pronounced in the same way, no matter its position in the word. It sounds like the oo in loo, but it’s more closed.
Its IPA symbol is /u/.
Uva, lupo, ululare, super, mucca
(/ˈuva/, /ˈlupo/, /uluˈlare/, /ˈsuper/, /ˈmukka/)
Grapes, wolf, to howl, super, cow
Length of the U sound
The U sound in Italian can be short or long.
It is long if it’s stressed and it’s at the end of the syllable, but not at the end of a word. For example…
Listen closely. The “u” in laguna is long, since it’s stressed and is at the end of the syllable (gu).
The stress is yet again on the second “u” vowel, but its length is short because the syllable ends with an -n (sun).
Other Italian words with the U sound
Pronounce each given word.
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