The English alphabet is one of the basic things to memorize correctly from the start of your English studies, this will allow you to have a better pronunciation of words and a faster development of your spelling skills.
Even if it seems something for children, a good way to memorize the alphabet is to listen to the ABC song , which you can easily find online in many different versions.
(dal sito: http://www.slideshare.net/lolihorcajo/unit-1-the-english-alphabet)
The next important step is to spell continuosly everything and anything: you can start by spelling with your name and surname, then your email address and so on. The faster you get, the better!!
The most difficult letters for italian learners are vowels :
- A (eI)
- E (I:)
- I (aI)
- O (ou)
- U (iu)
This is given because in the italian language those letters are pronounced in a completely different way.
A (eI) can be pronounced as in sand/and/fan (open “a” as in italian), usually when it’s before two consonants; but you can also find words such as ate/gate (pronounced “ei” ) so you have “eit” / “gheit”, as you can see they are single consonants followed by another vowel.
Finally there are words such as wall/fall/call (pronounced “o”) so you have uoll, foll,coll (italian pronunciation).
E (I:) can be pronounced as in desk/ten/ever (read as in italian) but some words are like even, equal (pronounced “i”). At the end of a word, ‘e’ is usually silent, as in ate (eit), fate(feit), etc; however, at the end of very short words, ‘e’ usually takes on the sound ‘i’, as in be.
I (aI) can be pronounced as in hill/bird almost pronounced as an italian “e”. In some cases, it sounds as ‘ai’, for example,wife.
O (ou) can be pronounced as an italian “o”, as in not/got.In other words, it sounds like a double ‘oo’ when it appears before two consonants, as in bolt.The same applies when it precedes a single consonant followed by a vowel.
U (iu) Before two consonants and before a consonant at the end of a word, ‘u’ usually takes on either the short ‘u’ sound as in italian, as in pull/put, or ‘a’, as in duck/run. Before a single consonant followed by a vowel, ‘u’ takes on the long ‘uu’ sound, as in June.