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Archive for May, 2012

Affixes and Compounds Posted by on May 19, 2012

This is a companion to the post about compound words that I made earlier. Sometimes Icelandic words are often made of more than one stem/root words at once, along with suffixes, infixes (like a suffix or prefix but in the middle of words), et cetera. This means they’re compound words but not necessarily compounds that…

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When the volcanoes wake up. Posted by on May 16, 2012

As the weather gets warmer yet another very Icelandic feature begins to take place when eldfjöll, the volcanoes, begin to show more signs of life when the layer of ice on top of them grows lighter in weight or disappears altogether depending on whether the volcano is beneath a glacier or not. At the moment the…

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Icelandic and Faroese Posted by on May 15, 2012

Unfortunately we’ve been getting quite a lot of spam comments lately, so if your comment seems to have disappeared it might be because it was caught in the spam filter and we didn’t notice that it wasn’t spam. Sorry! Many people don’t know this (just as many people don’t know about Iceland… some people don’t…

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Víkingahátíð, the viking festival. Posted by on May 14, 2012

“Sögumenn, götulistamenn, handverksmenn sem bæði höggva í steina og tré eða berja glóandi járn, bardagamenn og bogmenn, svo eitthvað sé nefnt.” June is nearing and with it the annual festival held at the Viking* Village in Hafnarfjörður: Víkingahátíð, the viking festival. I went there last year and I wholeheartedly recommend paying it a visit in…

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Ordering from a Bookstore Posted by on May 12, 2012

The other day I ordered some books from this used bookstore, and I remembered how confusing some online shopping terms might be (doing this particular one I learned a new term too). I chose to show you this bookstore because unlike a lot of sites, while this one does openly ship outside of Iceland and…

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Pronunciation of vowels. Posted by on May 10, 2012

Or: how to avoid saying “penis” or something equally embarrassing by accident. While it’s ok to have an accent it’s still crucial to learn to pronounce as correctly as possible and the reason for this is that words easily change their meaning in Icelandic. Before we go on I feel like apologizing for the chosen topic…

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Icelandic Immersion Day Posted by on May 8, 2012

Everyone says the best way to learn a language is through immersion. Whether or not this is true for your learning style it can at the least be a good test of your skills – but how can you be immersed when you’re nowhere near Iceland, Icelanders, or even other learners? Apart from using lots…

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