- Jan 1, 1970
just coming back from Milan I see this question and try to answer it. The
phonetic suscript for an American:
Rock-ah dell-eh mache
The 'o' in 'rock', in American English, is pronounced like either of
the 'a's in 'mama' in Italian.
I think that the 'o' in 'Rocca' should be pronounced like the 'o' in
'boring' but, of course, I could be wrong.
I'm laboring under the impression that in Italian, like in Spanish
and Japanese, there are only five vowel sounds and that they are
fixed by spelling. Am I wrong?