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  2.28.4 Summary: double consonants

Double consonants are something very characteristic for Italian

Double consonants are something characteristic for Italian writing. Although you have double consonants also in French and English they don't represent variations of the same sound in these languages. A double consonant in Italian is pronounced longer if possible (mm, nn, ss) or several times in the case of rr, or stronger (p, b, t). We already said that there is a little confusion inside Italy and sometimes a double consonant is pronounced as a single one and vice versa, but the general rule should be respected.

sebbene = although
disturbo = interruption
dopo = after
doppia = double
cipolla = onion
donna = woman
dono = gift
maggio = may
giorno = day
anno = year
anodino = trivial

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