How to Speak With a Fake Italian Accent

Whether it is for acting, or just to pull a prank at some friends, this article will instruct you how to re-create an Italian accent!

Steps

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    Start by modifying your vowels. Italian vowels are different than English vowels, and each letter stands distinctly as one sound. It may sound complicated, but it isn't.
    • A sounds like the ä in "Father"
    • E is pronounced like è in "Vendor"
    • I like ï in "Naive"
    • U is ù as in "Goo".
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    Blend your "th". Many Italians have some difficulty in pronouncing the English "th", and so pronounce it as either "t" (as in "Think"), or "d" (as in "The"), respectively.
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    Use simple English. Since you are pretending to be a foreigner your working knowledge of the vocabulary would not be complete.
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    Elongate double consonants. In Italian, words such as "Azzurro", "Pollo", or other words with double consonants are pronounced twice as long as single consonants. Thus, it would be "Bet-ter" and not "bedder".
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    End questions with "no?". This is an optional step, and obviously not done every time. The Italian language uses it, and thus, Italians are familiar with it. Example: "You are going later, no?"
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    Italians often drop the 'h' from the beginning of words.
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    Occasionally mistake certain sounds. Be careful with this one, as too much of it will make you pretentious! But if you want to, remember this:
    • GL is LL (as in "Million")
    • GN is ñ (as in "Canyon")

Tips

  • Observe real Italians. This is by far the easiest way to improve your skills. Watch films with Italians and follow their speech patterns.
  • "Three" and "tree" have the same pronounce: "h" doesn't have any sound, always.
  • Use "Eh" as a filler. Italians don't usually say "Um" or "Like".
  • "gn" is pronounced like "ñ" in Spanish (e.g. mañana)
  • Although the Italian E is similar to the E in "Vendor", it is slightly longer, and somewhat similar to "ay" in "Bray".
  • Make sure your "o" does not have a w sound at the end. Make your mouth into an o, start making the sound of an o, and then stop.

Warnings

  • Never try to fool the native speakers. Italians will instantly mark you negatively.
  • Use responsibly. For example read this article to prepare for a theater play, don't use it to confuse the Police.
  • Do not exaggerate too much! As "Italian" as you may sound, exaggeration will only result in incomprehensible speech.

Article Info

Categories: Italian