New Zealand just smiles.
As Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano belches, the world's newscasters struggle to pronounce it (video)
Technically two double Ls, but the question is moot if you can’t pronounce even one pair.
It’s a proper name pronounced “Smith’
Amusingly, one of the most commonly mis-pronounced place names in England is “Frome”. At first sight everyone says Froam, but it’s actually Froom.
Icelandic draws another card…
(Okay, not a place name - more of a car crash of an entire sentence into one word)
None of this is as difficult as the word “scone.”
Burgh-by-Sands would be up there too, if anyone knew where it was. It’s where Edward I of England died and an alien visited, if that helps.
It’s pronounced Bruff-by-Sands.
After pronouncing that I have a need for a refreshing carbonated beverage.
The big stone in the chair or the smaller stone-like baked good on the table?
That’s rock cakes for both, Shirley?
Specifically, the little edible ones with the contentious jam/cream order debate.
I wonder how the world’s newscasters are doing with Gqeberha.
UK: 2/10 Barely even tried. Got to admire the conviction with which it was said though.
Italy: 9/10 Very good. Exactly what it would sound like if I tried to fake an Italian accent.
Japan 8/10 Nice try! Japanese speakers are at a serious disadvantage here especially with that last syllable.
France: 7/10 Fails to stick the landing. Extra points for trying again.
@Mindysan33 posted a good pronunciation video (this one has a different take on the trailing -ll), but maybe I can help break down why the spelling is such an eye-full
Eyjafjallajökull is a compound word, Eyja + fjella + jökull = Island + mountain + glacier. My understanding is that Icelandic always has the emphasis on the first syllable of the word, and on the first syllable of each…subword?..of a compound word. So that’s where the stress pattern of EH-ya-FYEH-tla-JO-kutl comes from.
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