Volcano Tongue Twister

by Joseph Kwon in


One day my son and I were wondering how to pronounce the name of Thor's hammer - Mjölnir. Mea culpa. I'm really, really bad at pronunciation in foreign languages. Cue YouTube for a pronunciation video. Afterwards, my eye fell upon a video for how to pronounce the word "Eyjafjallajökull." Who could resist?

You may remember in April of 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano, hidden beneath a glacier, erupted. The eruption and ash thrown into the air shut down air-traffic over much of Northern Europe. The extensive coverage in the news was free advertising and helped to jump-start the tourism boom which pulled Iceland out a deep economic recession.

This is the video below and by the way, is totally the WRONG pronunciation, but it made me laugh and once you hear it, you can't get it out of your head.

No intention to offend or disrespect the Icelandic language. Below is the actual pronunciation.

And in case you are wondering, the correct pronunciation of Mjölnir is [myawl-nir] or listen to it here.

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