Italian intonation

You love those melodious sounds at the opera, and listening to the voices of those Italian stars in foreign films is an aural thrill.

Below You have some tips will help you to sound like you were born in Italy:

  • Usually, Italian words are stressed on the next-to-the-last syllable.

  • When the final -e is dropped from a word, as happens with some masculine titles when they are directly followed by a proper name, the position of the stress remains unchanged.

  • Following the above rule, dottore (doctor) becomes dottor Nardi/Doctor Nardi and professore (professor) becomes professor Pace/Professor Pace.

  • When words are stressed on the last vowel, they always have a written accent over that vowel. For instance, cioè (namely) and città (city).

Additionally You can see a list with the Ten more used Italian Exclamating Expressions