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Archive for October, 2016

Women’s Day Off Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

“Why are you still at work, you should be at the demonstration.” The above is a sentence one doesn’t hear from one’s own employer often, but I did hear just that on Monday this week. My workday lasts normally a few hours more, but Monday was a Kvennafrídagurinn (= women’s day off) and my employer wasn’t…

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Achoo! Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Autumn is here, which means the flu season is here as well. Now’s the time when students going to class will find their classes abruptly canceled with only a note “Tíminn fellur niður vegna veikinda” (= the class is canceled due to illness) stuck to the door.   The lucky ones may have seen an…

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This is Hrekkjavaka Posted by on Oct 13, 2016

It’s almost time, Halloween is here. Though it’s not a traditional celebration in Iceland it has made itself a steady foothold – with some original things excluded and some Icelandic things added on, of course. Time for a quick vocabulary lesson with a look on how Halloween is (and isn’t) celebrated in Iceland! Hrekkjavaka (=…

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Who lives where? Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

Where does a Dani come from? What about a Norðmaður (= north man)? In which country would a Spánverji live in? Icelandic is interesting enough when it comes to creating adjective forms for countries, but it truly gets mindboggling when we get to nationalities! Let’s have an easy vocabulary studying day today and have a…

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