Language, Reykjavík Region

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  • "Halló! Ég heiti Théo. Hvað heitir þú?"
    by tvdm
  • Language
    by Chris_Dahlia

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    Learn the lingo!

    by tvdm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Icelandic is considered difficult and archaic - the least developped of the modern Germanic languages (to which, among others, belong the Scandinavian languages, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Frisian and English).

    The University of Reykjavík, however, recently posted a free online beginner's course in Icelandic on the internet! Very neat site I must say. Most Icelanders speak very good English, that's true. But it's always much appreciated if you can at least mutter a few words in the language of your host!

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  • The beautifull Icelandic language.

    by Gentenaar Updated Oct 13, 2005

    Icelandic is a beautifull language but difficult to learn, in Icelandic there are some letters that don't exist in other European languages. The letter thorn (Þ and þ) and letter eth (ð and Ð) for example... That makes the languages interesting and mysterious. But there are only
    300 000 people who are aible to speak and understand Icelandic.

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    Learning Icelandic.......

    by jetsetterforever Written Apr 15, 2005

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    I try to learn the local language wherever I go, however I must say that Icelandic is pretty difficult. It is a language that has been relatively unchanged over the past millenia.

    Although the government actively promotes the language, most Icelanders speak English. Nevertheless, you will be well received if you at least pick up a few words and basic phrases.




    Hvar er......where is
    -sundlaug.....swimming pool
    -post office
    -Umfedertharmithstod.....bus station rental agency

    Hvat much is it


    Eg vael fa.....I would like

    Eg er.....I am

    Eg heiti......My name is

    Afsakit/Fyrirgefthu.....Excuse Me


    Takk fyrir.....Thank you very much

    Talarthu Ensku.....Do you speak English

    Eg skil ekki.....I do not understand

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    Everybody speaks good english....

    by jarto Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Everybody speaks good english. That's a good thing as the Icelandish is just alien. Well, actually it's the original language spoken by the Vikins. It just hasn't changed much while the other Scandinavian languages have.

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    by Chris_Dahlia Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Yes já

    No nei

    Hello (good day) góðan dag

    Hi hæ, halló

    Good-bye bless

    Excuse me afsakið

    Sorry fyrirgefðu

    Thank you takk fyrir

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