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    Smile What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    How do you pronounce "Ciao"?
    Some of my foreign colleagues use this word for greetings in their emails. What is its pronunciation? I am very puzzled.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Its pronounced as "Chou".
    "Ch" as in Channel and "Ou" as in "owl".
    It is used either as a greeting or parting such as goodbye.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Thank you very much!
    It is not like a traditional English word.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    "Chow"

    It isn't English. It is Italian.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by shalstudent View Post
    Its pronounced as "Chou".
    "Ch" as in Channel and "Ou" as in "owl".
    It is used either as a greeting or parting such as goodbye.
    Absolutely incorrect. Its pronounciation includes 3 sounds. The first one is the "ch" of "channel", the second one is a "ah" as in the first part of the diphthong in "out", and the third one is a closed "o", like the first part of the diphthong in "know" (in American English of course). Just produce the three sounds one after the other.
    I'm Italian, so I know this stuff.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ 4 life View Post
    Absolutely incorrect. Its pronunciation includes 3 sounds. The first one is the "ch" of "channel", the second one is a "ah" as in the first part of the diphthong in "out", and the third one is a closed "o", like the first part of the diphthong in "know" (in American English of course). Just produce the three sounds one after the other.
    I'm Italian, so I know this stuff.
    Ah - but will an American [or a Brit] pronounce it in this way?

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    Red face Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    the correct pronounciation is /t∫aυ/.... it is used especially in informal conversation...

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dancewnd! View Post
    the correct pronounciation is /t∫aυ/.... it is used especially in informal conversation...
    Incorrect again! The final sound is a closed "o", not a "u"!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika
    Ah - but will an American [or a Brit] pronounce it in this way?
    I don't know, never heard an American (or Brit) pronounce it.

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Ah - but will an American [or a Brit] pronounce it in this way?

    Yes!
    At least this Hiberno-English speaker pronounces two vowels: ah oh

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    Default Re: What's the pronunciation of "Ciao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ 4 life View Post
    Absolutely incorrect. Its pronounciation includes 3 sounds. The first one is the "ch" of "channel", the second one is a "ah" as in the first part of the diphthong in "out", and the third one is a closed "o", like the first part of the diphthong in "know" (in American English of course). Just produce the three sounds one after the other.
    I'm Italian, so I know this stuff.
    Naturally, you're right. But you'll have as much hope of getting English people to say it that way as you would have getting them not to pronounce the 'i' in names like Giovanni and Giuseppe.

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