Iu

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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/.

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 | 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

References[edit | edit source]