Intonation and pronunciation 3


I would like to go to a desert island.


Central European students have a problem with the pronunciation of 'island', often sounding the 's'.


If you do sound the 's' you get Iceland /slənd/, which is the name of a country that has lots of volcanoes and is home to Björk and the excellent Sigur Rós.


If, however, you do not sound the 's' but use a very slight 'r' sound in after 'i', you get Ireland /aɪələnd/,another country, this being home to U2 and The Cranberries.


The correct pronunciation is i (as in i-pad) - land /lənd/. 

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