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Newscasters struggle to pronounce Iceland's volcanoes

By Matt Eliason

  • Eyjafjalla... Iceland's difficult language has been giving newscasters headaches ever since 2010 when Eyjafjallajökull erupted.

Commonly referred to as one of the hardest languages in the world, Icelandic spelling and pronunciation does not come naturally to foreigners. And now with Iceland's volcanic activity making global news, newscasters have to live in fear of accurately pronouncing these difficult names.

In 2010 there was Eyjafjallajökull volcano that grounded most of European air travel. The only thing more disturbing than the ash cloud that covered Europe was the constant butchering of the volcano's five syllables on every nightly news program.

Fortunately, with another volcano making news in Iceland, these television anchors will have a chance to makes a mends for their previous pronunciation errors of four years ago. Bárðarbunga volcano and Vatnajökull glacier offer slightly easier names for English speaking news outlets to pronounce, however, there are still bound to be some bloopers to laugh at.

Here is a funny compilation of broadcasters trying to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull.

 

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