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Archive for May, 2013

Icelandic blog’s competition! Posted by on May 31, 2013

As the busy month of May is almost over now I was hoping you might have the time for a small competition! Here’s what you may win: – Xenophobe’s guide to the Icelanders, a book that looks at Icelanders through the eyes of a foreigner. Quite a bestseller among Icelanders themselves too! Here’s a review…

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The wonderful accident called Blue Lagoon. Posted by on May 27, 2013

Sitting in the middle of an empty desert of lava and moss somewhere between Keflavík and Reykjavík is one of the most interesting sights to see in Iceland. You take a turn off the main road and then another one, and all of a sudden you see a thick column of white smoke rising up…

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Iceland: the most successful loser of Eurovision? Posted by on May 19, 2013

If there is one thing that the Icelanders always excel at without a single flaw it’s partying. Yesterday’s Eurovision song contest was therefore no exception, the partying started well in advance when Iceland’s representative made it into the finals and is still going on as I write this. Well, the aftermath is mostly bitter comments…

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You say hello, I say excuse me I’m a woman. Posted by on May 8, 2013

Greetings and goodbyes – the simplest form of any language? Not always and definitely not in Icelandic! To begin with Icelandic has roughly speaking three different levels of formality in greetings. These overlap generously and often the level you should be using may be difficult to figure out, so let’s look at them and the…

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