The I sound in Italian is a vowel.
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How to pronounce the I sound in Italian
I is always pronounced in the same way, no matter its position in the word. It sounds like the ee in eel, or also see. It’s never pronounced as the i in pin or tin.
Its IPA symbol is /i/.
Ivi, fili, istrici, figli, ispidi
(/ˈivi/, /ˈfili/, /ˈistriʧi/, /ˈfiʎʎi/, /ˈispidi/)
There, threads, porcupines, sons, shaggy
Length of the I sound
The I 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 second “i” in vicini is long, since it’s stressed and is at the end of the syllable (ci).
The stress is yet again on the second “i” vowel, but its length is short because the syllable ends with an -n (pin).
Other Italian words with the I sound
Pronounce each given word.
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