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Correct Italian Pronunciation

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jim Thompson, Sep 14, 2005.

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  1. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    The 'o' in 'rock', in American English, is pronounced like either of
    the 'a's in 'mama' in Italian.

    I think that the 'o' in 'Rocca' should be pronounced like the 'o' in
    'boring' but, of course, I could be wrong.

    I'm laboring under the impression that in Italian, like in Spanish
    and Japanese, there are only five vowel sounds and that they are
    fixed by spelling. Am I wrong?
  2. Ban

    Ban Guest

    It's more like maa-tshay with the last syllable pretty short
    Italian is quite difficult to pronounce correctly, though it has a lot of
    different dialects, all having particular differences. The "high"-Italian is
    not how they speak in Rome, but more a form closer to Latin, which makes a
    good indicator for the education and family of the speaker.
  3. I read in alt.binaries.schematics.electronic that Jim Thompson
    None of them. Out!

  4. Ban

    Ban Guest

    Try to pronounce more like a British or Canuck. With your Texan chewing-gum
    pronounciation, you will have difficulties to be understood even in your own
    country speaking English, what more in Italian.
  5. Ban

    Ban Guest

    Mum is mamma, one of the most important words of a male Italian. Mum-mah.
    60% of the male Italians below 40 live still at home with mamma. They are
    called mammoni, (mum's sons) and all girls avoid them like hell. Mamma is
    always jalous and she treats the son like a three-year old, and that is
    where these poor guys have remained.
  6. Ban

    Ban Guest

    I always fly from Nice (NCE) and I wonder why you don't like it. As all
    flight simulator fans know, the runway is somehow short. But it is France's
    second largest airport.
  7. I had the worst rental car experience of my life there (at Hertz,
    amazingly), lots of other problems with a wheelchair-bound person, we
    went to all the other car rental places at the airport, none was much
    better, and I'm used to typical crappy North American rental car
    service with long queues unless you're a grand dingleberry wizard
    member, but this was much worse. I'm amazed it's France's 2nd largest,
    it feels *much* smaller. Never had any problems at any of the Paris
    airports (except finding the rental car return, and I'm not the only
    one., but that's pretty minor). For some reason the service depot is
    easier to find.

    If you live nearby, NCE is probably just fine.

    Even China's airports 20 years ago were 'fine'-- if you didn't mind
    the bare concrete floors and 6-hour flight delays (and cancellations
    if not enough people showed up). Nice isn't nearly that bad. ;-)

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  8. The funniest thing is listening to a US Southerner speaking Japanese
    with a drawl.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  9. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Ever seen "Bonanza" with dubbed-in Japanese? Hilarious!!

    Pretty funny in German also ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  10. Right! These guys are talking about wiping their asses, and you
    post a retarded plonk announcement because I said something about
    avoiding someone's ass wiper.

    You're a *real* prize... NOT!

  11. Don't try that when you're on medication for diabetes. You can go
    from constipated to diarrhea and back to constipated in a single day.
  12. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Nah, Frankfurt is ok. They even have the fast trains come right into the
    airport so you could be in Cologne a little over an hour later. Try to
    get away from a US airport in anything other than a car.
    With the right car you can. I just read that German police is taking a
    liking to the American thing. So when you see red lights flashing behind
    you and hear a siren blaring you know they've got you.

    Regards, Joerg
  13. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I thought that was only non-autobahn?

    ...Jim Thompson
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Could be, for now. But the main thought behind this is to avoid the
    danger of having to pass speeders to stop them so I am sure the strategy
    will migrate to autobahns. IIRC Germany does have an "Autobahnpolizei"
    but not to the extent of our highway patrol. I have seen other police on
    there as well.

    Regards, Joerg
  15. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    And remarkably different than our highway patrol... they actually
    sweep up the glass... I was stunned to see that.

    ...Jim Thompson
  16. I read in alt.binaries.schematics.electronic that Joerg
    AFAIK, they have red flashing lights only at the back, so if you see
    them, they are following you in reverse! (;-)
  17. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    In Texan English it's 'pronunciation', so perhaps your advice is
    misguided. In Italian, I'll defer to you as the expert, but perhaps
    your advice there might be misguided as well, what with your
    incorrect assessment of my capabilities in English.
  18. mmm

    mmm Guest

    I always get back into the car after ... but I don't drive :)

    BTW grappa should be use in small quantity , it's a bit hard as taste
  19. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello John,
    Not anymore, if the newspaper is right. The always had a portable
    flashing red light that they could hold out the window in any direction.
    Looks like a monster spoon.

    Regards, Joerg
  20. I read in alt.binaries.schematics.electronic that Joerg
    Oh, that thing. I've seen them in Italy, but they draw alongside and
    wave it out of the side window. I've also seen them in Beijing used by
    pedestrian cops.

    The roof lights are blue in front and red behind.
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