Can you pronounce EyjafjallajÃ¶kull?
16th May 2010
The ash cloud is causing problems again for air travellers and its name is causing a few difficulties for news readers. A singer from Iceland has released a song to help.
News readers would have preferred a cloud of volcanic ash that turned into a major news story to have come from somewhere else.
But it didn’t it came from Iceland. Another volcano in the country, Katla, would have been fine, but it wasn’t to be.
Its neighbour Eyjafjallajökull erupted last month creating a massive ash cloud that disrupted flights across Europe and created a huge headache for news readers.
Across the world they have been having problmes with it.
So go on, have a go: Eyjafjallajökull.
The BBC has issued guidance to its newsreaders to pronounce it: “AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh.”
Some managed it, but many didn’t. See this video below that includes examples, guidance and understanding for the poor old reporters and newsreaders.
Now a singer from Iceland has penned a song to help too. She has appeared on TV to perform it.