Italian Language/volte-face


Hello Lauren

The (now) English word, "volte-face" is, of course, taken from Italian. It's English pronunciation is said to be as: Volt'-fas'; but as that sounds so... incomplete... I'm wondering how an Italian wold pronounce the "face."

To an Italian, would it not be as: "vol'tay-fa'chay"?


Hi Dan,

Thanks for your question. The English volte-face does come from Italian but the original Italian is actually 'voltafaccia', English having translated the faccia to its counterpart 'face.'

Therefore, the correct pronunciation in Italian would be vol'ta-fa'cha.

Hope this helps,
Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I have spoken Italian fluently for more than 12 years so I am very confident to answer any questions about the Italian language. I am also competent in Roman Dialect if there are any questions relating to this.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) Received the top grade in the whole of UK for GCSE Italian, receiving a letter of congratulations from the Italian Consulate Completed my two-year A Level in 1 year with a grade A country. Carried out many translation jobs for a wide range of clients and topics including self-help, literature and exam papers. For personal reference, I have also translated Federico Moccia's Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo and 2 of Francesco Totti's book.

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