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Molti studenti hanno problemi con la pronuncia di alcuni suoni italiani.

In questa attività esamineremo i suoni GN e GL.


Papa Francesco è argentino ma il suo cognome, BergoGLio, è italiano, di provenienza del Piemonte.


Puoi pronunciare il coGNome di Papa Francesco?


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Many students have problems with the pronunciation of certain Italian sounds.

In this activity we'll review the sounds GN and GL.


Pope Francis is Argentinian but his surname, BergoGLio, is Italian, originally from Piedmont.


Can you pronounce the surname of Pope Francis?


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Papa Bergoglio in Brasile

Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Papa Francesco)
during a trip to Brasil

(image source Wikipedia)


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Can you pronounce BergoGLio? (Pope Francesco)

Di seguito ci sono alcune parole con GL o GN:

  1. Clicca su ogni parola italiana per ascoltare la pronuncia. Ascolta e ripeti le parole.
  2. Stampa la seconda tabella e completa ogni parola con il suono mancante.

Following are a few words with GL or GN:

  1. Click on each Italian word to listen to the pronunciation. Listen and repeat the words.
  2. Print the second table and complete each word with the missing sound.


Every time you listen to an audio file, listen to it as many times as possible. While listening to the audio, read and repeat the text in Italian as a listening and pronunciation exercise. Repeat the exercise MANY times!


appiglio handhold
famiglia family
figlio son
foglio sheet
foglia leaf
medaglia medal
meglio better
moglie wife
sbaglio mistake
voglia desire
agnello lamb
cagnolino puppy
campagna countryside
castagna chestnut
cognome surname, last name
compagno companion
disegno design
lavagna blackboard
magnifico magnificent
montagna mountain
signora lady



Print this page and - without checking the above list - complete the words with GL or GN.


  • compa____o
  • lava____a
  • meda____ia
  • dise____o
  • fo____ia
  • me____io
  • campa____a
  • sba____io
  • ca____olino
  • fo____io
  • vo____ia
  • a____ello
  • fami____ia
  • si____ora
  • ma____ifico
  • fi____io
  • mo____ie
  • monta____a
  • appi____io
  • casta____a


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