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 | edit source]
There are (literally) hundreds of words ending in "ium" pronounced /iːəm/ or /ɪ.əm/.
- aluminium,BrE beryllium, calcium, chromium, helium, lithium, magnesium, potassium, radium, scandium, sodium, titanium, uranium, vanadium
Other chemical words
- aquarium, auditorium, condominium, equilibrium, geranium, medium, millennium, premium, solarium, symposium
Two syllables[edit | edit source]
- /aɪʌ/: triumph, triumphal
- /aɪjuː/: diuretic
- /iːə, ɪ.ə/: radius
One syllable[edit | edit source]
- /uː/: jiu-jitsu
- /ə/: Belgium
Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]
- /iːə, ɪ.ə, jəAmE/: genius