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    pizza AND Pisa

    Hi there

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

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    pete

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    Re: pizza AND Pisa

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there

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

    Thanks
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there

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

    Thanks
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there

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

    Thanks
    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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    pete

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