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How To Pronounce Bruschetta

is a type of Italian appetizer. Although it's become more common to refer to a tomato-based topping as bruschetta, bruschetta consists of roasted bread with olive oil and garlic, perhaps with an additional savory item such as tomatoes. Let's take a look at how to pronounce this word.

Syllable Overview

The spelling of

can be split into syllables like this:

brus-che-tta

The IPA for this word is:

bruˈskɛɾə

First Syllable

[bru]

The first sound is this syllable is . This is a voiced bilabial stop. In order to make this sound, stop the air by closing your lips together while your vocal cords are vibrating.

The second sound in this syllable is .This is a voiced post-alveolar approximant. Make this sound by raising the back of your tongue so that the sides are touching your back teeth and aiming the tip of your tongue slightly behind your gum ridge. Your lips should be bunched together as you send air over your tongue and through your mouth while your vocal cords are vibrating. Make sure that you do not touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

The third sound in this syllable is . This is a high front tense vowel. You can make this vowel by keeping the root of your tongue further back in your mouth while raising it. Your lips should be rounded, and the body of your tongue should have some tension in it.

This syllable is an unstressed syllable. It is shorter, quieter, and has a lower pitch.

Second Syllable

[skɛ]

The first sound in this syllable is . This is the voiceless alveolar fricative. In order to make this sound, lift your tongue near your gum ridge and send a strong, turbulent stream of air through your mouth while your vocal cords are not vibrating.

The second sound in this syllable is . This is the voiceless velar stop. In order to make this sound, lift your tongue body upwards to touch your velar palate in order to stop airflow, while your vocal cords remain vibrating.

The third sound in this syllable is . This is the low-mid front unrounded vowel. In order to make this vowel, your tongue height should be slightly below the mid point of your mouth, and your tongue's body should be extended forward in your mouth. Your lips should be unrounded and your tongue should be more relaxed rather than tense.

This syllable has primary stress. It has more emphasis than the first and third syllables in this word, so it is longer, louder, and has a higher pitch.

Third Syllable

[ɾə]

The first sound in this syllable is a consonant, the voiced alveolar tap. In order to say this sound, hit the tip of your alveolar ridge to the top of your mouth very quickly while your vocal cords are vibrating. This sound only occurs in American English when a /t/ sound comes in between two vowels.

The second sound is the . The is a central mid lax vowel. Many non native speakers of American English don't use this sound much or at all, but it is the most common sound in American English. In order to make it, make sure that the height is raised to the middle of your mouth, and pushed forward about halfway so that it is centered, without having much tension in your mouth. If you are curious about learning more about , you can check out our blog post on schwa.

This syllable is an unstressed syllable. It is shorter, quieter, and has a lower pitch.

Word Origin

is a loanword from Italian, and we have retained some of the pronunciation rules when we say this word in English. The "ch" in the spelling of the word is often pronounced by English speakers attempting to say this word using , but in Italian the "ch" in the spelling represents a , and that is the sound used in the preferred pronunciation of this word in English. Other words that we have borrowed from Italian that include this sound are
and
.

Summary

There are three syllables in

, and the second syllable has the most emphasis, while the first and third syllables have less emphasis. The preferred pronunciation is not
, with a , but rather
, using a .


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