what is the proper way to pronounce gnocchi?

I heard all of the following:

g-know-chee

know-chee

g-know-kee

know-kee

g-know-ch-kee

know-ch-kee

Which, if any of these, is closest to the real pronunciation?

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  • Rain
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Italian say nyohk-kee or nyuh-kee.

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  • Ben
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Nyok-kee

    Both vowels are fairly short, and it has a double consonant (a distinct sound from a single consonant). 

    Or just listen to the pronunciation in that link Zirp posted.

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  • 1 month ago

    In French we say, like: Neeo-Kee

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  • Zirp
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    1 month ago
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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    None of those reflect the original Italian pronunciation.

    In standard Italian, it's:  NYOH-kee.  (NYOH is stressed).  

    gn = /ny/, o can reflect two different vowels (long or short O, as in English), but it's a long O in that word (in standard Italian); CH is a /k/ sound, always. 

    The chee syllable, in Italian, is written as: ci.

    Some English speakers do pronounce it the Italian way.  

    Of those options that you have heard, from   know-kee (I prefer the spelling: noh-kee) is the closest to the original Italian. 

    update:  I forgot to put in the geminated consonant.  It's:  nyohk-kee.  The K is pronounced twice. 

    Source(s): intermediate Italian, native English speaker. You can hear it pronounced by a native Italian speaker here. Click on the loudspeaker icon in the Italian text box. : https://translate.google.com/#view=home&op=transla...
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  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Know kee. I grew up surrounded by Italians and Mexicans.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    nyawk-kee in its Italian origin; nok-ee or noh-kee in American English anglicized.

    take your pick.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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