Decoding exercises: "iu"

From Teflpedia
IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice

The sequence "iu" normally is part of two syllables (as in "genius" or "triumph"). This page sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of how they can sound out more correctly the different sounds corresponding to words containing "iu".

"ium" at the end of the word[edit]

There are (literally) hundreds of words ending in "ium" pronounced /iːəm/ or /ɪ.əm/.

Chemical elements

  • aluminium,BrE beryllium, calcium, chromium, helium, lithium, magnesium, potassium, radium, scandium, sodium, titanium, uranium, vanadium

Other chemical words

  • ammonium

Other

  • aquarium, auditorium, condominium, equilibrium, geranium, medium, millennium, premium, solarium, symposium

Two syllables[edit]

  • /aɪʌ/: triumph, triumphal
  • /aɪjuː/: diuretic
  • /iːə, ɪ.ə/: radius

One syllable[edit]

  • /uː/: jiu-jitsu
  • /ə/: Belgium

Variant pronunciations[edit]

  • /iːə, ɪ.ə, jəAmE/: genius

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