Why is English pronunciation so difficult for Italian speakers to master?

Italian is a strictly phonemic language - it is pronounced as it is written. Every syllable in a word is pronounced and generally is given equal stress. So the word vegetables is often mistakenly pronounced 've-ge-ta-bles' by Italians. English is stress-timed - nouns and verbs are given emphasis, while auxiliary or linking words such as prepositions are dropped or elided together. For your spoken English to sound fluent and not awkward and stilted you need to develop an ear for the stresses and rhythms of the English language. The correct pronunciation of vegetables is 'vegtables'. The first syllable is stressed and the second 'e' is not pronounced. In addition, Italian has seven vowel sound

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