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Problems for Learners in ItalyOver the past year, I was fortunate enough to have lived, traveled, and taught across Italy. On this journey, I noticed recurring problems italian students had with english. I found these difficulties in everything from pronunciation, grammar, and the educational culture. italian learners, across the board, had problems when it came to creating specific sounds in english. These problems were rooted in the fact that italian is a phonetic language. Every letter is pronounced unlike english which has letters and sounds you don’t pronounce; even words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently, i.e. ‘read’ and ‘read’. The first problem was the ‘th’ /?/ sound; Italians do not have dental fricatives in their language. They typically replace this sound with a /t/ or /d/ sound. I would have to show the students how to form the dental fricative with their mouth by having them stick their tongues out, close their teeth around their tongue, and blow out. The younger learners especially enjoyed the spray of saliva this sometimes made. The second recurring pronunciation difficulty was the urge to end every word with the /?/ sound. “I like? cats?” Even after pointing out this constant /?/ ending, students still found it