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How to Say: Eyjafjallajoekull

12:53 UK time, Thursday, 15 April 2010

An occasional guide to the words and names in the news from Linda Shockey of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.

A volcano has errupted under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajokull area of Iceland, causing a cloud of volcanic ash to spread which in turn has led to British airports being shut down.

Here is the BBC Pronunciation Unit's guide on how to saw the glacier's name. Eyjafjallajökull (or Eyafallajökull) is pronounced AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl (-uh) , that is -ay as in day, -fy as in few, -oe as in French coeur, -uu as in boot, the -tl as in atlas. The (-uh) is "a" as in ago.

Stressed syllables are in capital letters.

To download the BBC Pronunciation Unit's guide to text spelling, click here

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