Welcome to the “Gusto Giusto Pronunciation Guide” – your ultimate companion to mastering tricky Italian sounds!

Whether you’re a food enthusiast eager to navigate Italian menus with ease, or a language learner adding Italian cuisine to your vocabulary, you’re in the right place.

How to Use This Interactive Guide

  • Listen to the audio one time and read the Italian words.
  • Listen to the audio a second time and repeat out loud after the Italian speaker.
  • Read the Italian words out loud on your own, and then compare your pronunciation to the audio.

“CH” Sound in Italian

  • This sound exists in English, and it’s pronounced as the “k” sound in the word “kind”.
  • In this audio we cover the words: 1. gnocchi 2. bruschetta 3. zucchina 4. zucchero 5. marocchino.

“GN” Sound in Italian

  • This sound doesn’t exist in English, but it’s similar to the sound “ny” found in the word “canyon”.
  • In this audio we cover the words: 1. lasagna 2. pignolata 3. castagna 4. bologna 5. agnolotti.

“GLI” Sound in Italian

  • This sound doesn’t exist in English, but it’s similar to the sound “lli” found in the word “million”.
  • In this audio we cover the words: 1. aglio 2. tagliatelle 3. tagliolini 4. maltagliati 5. conchiglie.

“TT” Sound in Italian

  • Double consonants in Italian are not pronounced the same in English. They require a longer, more emphasized sound.
  • In this audio we cover the words: 1. spaghetti 2. prosciutto 3. risotto 4. latte 5. ricotta.