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Old 04-21-2016, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Accents in Italian don't have a specific pronounciation, they just mean that you have to stress the particular syllable (from what I have understood)

For instance the word "perché" is written by most people as "perchè". For me this is really strange because it sounds completely different and that in French you never meet words ending with "è". This morning in class I had kids writing the world "prèfèrè" which is an absolute heresy (they were 11 yo though so I wasn't too nasty)

The words used for weekdays all end up with an accent on the i: Lunedì, martedì, mercoledì.... Because otherwise people would naturally pronounce LuNEdi, marTEdi, merCOledi, etc... instead with the accents on the last later they just pronounce it normally.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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Accents in French and Spanish are very easy to remember for some reason. But not in Italian, as I have no idea what their function are.
Accents are used only to indicate that you should stress a particular syllabe, most of the times they are used they fall on the last syllabe. Aside from that, when writing Italians don't care whether it's an acute or grave accent, what's important is that there is one
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Old 04-22-2016, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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The problem is it is only written at the end of words.

For instance in the case of two words written the same way with two different meanings, for instance "ancora" and "ancora", you have to stress a different syllable whether it means "again" or "anchor", but nobody writes the accent. I've had at least four different people explain me the difference of pronounciation between the two words, but everytime I think I've got it, it turns out I'm wrong. It is very hard for french people to pay attention to stressed syllables because it is a concept that does not exist in French. Like I can barely hear a small difference. And anyway everyone in Italy has a different pronounciation, what works in a place does not work anymore 50 km away. I still don't really know which syllable to stress when I use it, and this is a problem for most italian words actually, you have to remember the stressed syllable, and that is stressful.

(sorry for derailing the thread, I'm thinking about cities right now)
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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Nigeria

Abuja
Kano
Benin City
Ibadan
Port Harcourt
Lagos
Maiduguri

Ivory Coast

Abidjan
Yamossoukro

Ghana

Kumasi
Accra

Cameroon

Douala
Yaounde

Gabon

Libreville
Port Gentil

Benin

Cotonou
Porto Novo

Togo

Lome
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: United Nations
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Probably around 500.
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Do villages in India count?

I can probably name about 50 of them.
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