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Archive for June, 2013

The grass house that wouldn’t be blown in. Posted by on Jun 30, 2013

Imagine that you have just arrived to an island somewhere in the middle of an ocean and have decided upon a place you’ll build your new home. Far as the eye can see there’s almost nothing suitable to building with except for – turf. Torfbær, the turf house, dating back from the early times of…

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Getting understood in Iceland: the difficult sounds R, Þ, Ð and LL. Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

If studying Icelandic in a large, varied group of foreigners teaches you anything, it’s that different mother tongues create different areas of difficulty for the language learner. The most obvious hurdle arrives in pronunciation lessons, what’s difficult to an English speaker to learn will be quickly learned by a Swedish speaker, what’s near impossible for…

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Using the subjunctive mood, part 3. Posted by on Jun 26, 2013

In the third part of the subjunctive mood and it’s use we’ll look at negation and subordinate clauses that start with a question word. The rules of either are not always very exact, but I hope to be able to give you some clear guidelines to work with. After all, the subjunctive mood, viðtengingarháttur, often…

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Happy birthday, Iceland! Posted by on Jun 18, 2013

Yesterday on the 17th Iceland celebrated its independence in the usual way: lots of noise, live music everywhere, street art, candy, flags in every form and shape and material, children running around and climbing on absolutely anything and everything they can hold on to, fierce chess matches in the rain, parades, circus shows, the selection…

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