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Sulla pronuncia di zeta ("z") e di ("d").../ Slight varations in "z'' and "d" pronounciation....

[So... having heard native speakers pronounce the zeta sometimes like a light "ch", other times like the heavier "dz", I am starting to wonder why.
I am even more puzzled by the way it's pronounced in words like "zanzara" (where there's two, differently pronounced). This one, I've heard (and marvelled) as "chan'chara", "dzan'chara", and "dzan'dzara". (I realize one's in the beginning the other in the middle, but that just adds to my question...)

Di is an other issue. Sometimes, I hear it udulteraded as "dji", and beats me, it's female speakers that do this to me!

Any ideas?
Thank you for tackling the question!]

Voglio sapere la pronuncia correta di zeta...è come il suono "dz" o un "ci" leggero?
Anche la di, la pronouncia "dji" (leggiera), che ho sentito a volte è correta o no?

Grazie mille per il vostro auito! :)

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Base language: English
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    Hi Maria,
    the sound "z" is a hard question for italians, we have two type of "z" called "z aspra" and "z dolce".
    There are some rules, but often italians don't follow these rules (for example with word zappa or zucchero)

    Here you can find the rules (there are many)

    But the best way to understand it, I think it's to hear it. Italian actors and dubbers train in elocution lessons.
    Try to hear here:

    About "d" I don't know, it could be just a lack in pronunciation of the speaker, or maybe some dialect pronunciation.


    One thing to keep very much in mind is that some Italians learned proper Italian as children, whereas others mostly speak a dialect. Some dialects are soooo very different in their sounds from proper Italian. So just because the person is a native speaker, it does not mean that they know how to pronounce Italian.... : ) !!!
    So try to find Italians that learned proper Italian only rather than a dialect, it might simplify your understanding of the language.

    This might help.

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