Italian for Kids: Learning the Alphabet Audio and Visual
Italian for Kids: Learning the Alphabet [Audio and Visual]
Learning the Italian alphabet is an important building block in your child’s learning process. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. shares the proper pronunciation of the alphabet and ways to practice the alphabet with your child…
Is your child just starting to take Italian lessons? Learning Italian for kids can be difficult. One of the very first steps in your child’s schooling is learning the alphabet, or as they say in Italy, L’alfabeto.
The Italian alphabet is very similar to the English alphabet, except for a few differences. Most notably, the Italian alphabet doesn’t have the letters J, K, W, X or Y.
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It’s important for your child to know how to recognize the letters of the alphabet, as well as pronounce them, as this will help him or her form words and eventually develop sentences.
Reading the Alphabet
Take a look at the chart below to see how each letter in the Italian alphabet is represented. Remember, there are only 21 letters in the standard Italian alphabet, as the letters J, K, W, X or Y aren’t represented.
Pronouncing the Alphabet
Now take a look at the video below to listen to how each of the letters are pronounced. Have your child practice the correct pronunciation along with me so he or she can start to practice saying the letters. I also suggest having your child sing the alphabet to help him or her remember!
To help your child memorize the letters and pronunciation of the Italian alphabet, use the two practice exercises below.
Exercise 1: Matching Game
What you need: flashcards and markers
Gather a pile of flashcards. On one side of each flashcard, draw the picture of an object; for example, a dog, hat, chair, soccer ball, etc. Shuffle all of the cards together and lay them out on the table or floor facing up so your child can see all of the objects clearly.
Next, ask your child to show you which objects start with a designated letter in the Italian alphabet. You could say, for example, “What object on the table starts with the letter acca?” Acca is Italian for the letter H, so your child would point to the card with a picture of a hat on it.
Exercise 2: Eye Spy
What you need: flashcards and markers
First, gather a set of index cards. On one side of each card, write down a letter in the Italian alphabet. Next, ask your child to choose a card from the pile.
After choosing a card with a letter on it, your child will have to identify an object in the room that starts with that particular letter and form the sentence, “I spy a ______.” If your child chooses the letter P, for example, he or she will form the sentence, “Vedo una porta” (I see a door.).
Once your child has mastered the pronunciation of the Italian alphabet, he or she will be able to move on to common Italian vocabulary words.
If your child is having difficultly mastering the alphabet, you might want to have him or her work with an experienced Italian tutor. After all, Italian for kids can be hard.
Hope you and your child have fun learning the alphabet!
Liz T. teaches singing, acting, music and Italian lessons in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance and has a graduate certificate in arts administration from New York University. Learn more about Liz here!
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