‘Eyjafjallajökull,’ Just Like It’s Spelled.

Just say “Eyjafjallajökull.”

Couldn’t be simpler. Pronounce  “ö” and “u” as the French “eu” in “bleu” and “ll” as “tl” but with clenched teeth. The letter “j” sounds like “y” and the accent is on the first syllable, which sounds like the Canadian “eh?”

Try drinking some Brennivin first.

More pronunciation help:

“How to Pronounce Eyjafjallajokull,” Good Morning America, ABC News.

“How to Say: Eyjafjallajoekull,” Linda Shockey, BBC News.

“Can You Say ‘Eyjafjallajokull’? Icelandic Volcano’s Name Is A Tongue-Twister, Mark Memmott, NPR.

“Iceland Volcano Spews Consonants and Vowels,” Andy Newman and Bao Ong, New York Times.

“‘The islandmountainglacier volcano’ – how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull,” The Independent.

“Eyjafjallajökull fail,” Mark Liberman, Language Log.


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