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pizza AND Pisa

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What is the difference between pizza and Pisa in pronounciation? Which one has longer 'e'?

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Re: pizza AND Pisa

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Hi there

What is the difference between pizza and Pisa in pronounciation? Which one has longer 'e'?

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pete
For pronunciation kindly visit the folloing site

www.howjsay.com

Now for any pronunciation of words just punch in at this site and don't forget to on the speakers

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Re: pizza AND Pisa

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What is the difference between pizza and Pisa in pronounciation? Which one has longer 'e'?

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pete

Pizza = pi [as in pit] - tza

Pisa = pee -ssa

See here for Italian double consonants: Pronouncing Italian double consonants

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Re: pizza AND Pisa

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For pronunciation kindly visit the folloing site

www.howjsay.com

Now for any pronunciation of words just punch in at this site and don't forget to on the speakers
Cool! Thanks.

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Hi there

What is the difference between pizza and Pisa in pronounciation? Which one has longer 'e'?

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pete
The /i/ sound is long in both words. The difference is a noticeable /t/ in pizza. Think of the pizza as belonging to a guy named Pete:

Pete's 'za

The word Pisa is Italian, but when anglicized sounds like something nasty Pete might do to his pizza if he drank too many beers:

Pee 'za

Hope this helps.

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Re: pizza AND Pisa

Hi there,
It seems that American will pronounce 'pizza' with a long 'i' sound whereas British will say it with a short 'i' sound. Am I right?

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