Listening Exercises Abound! Posted by Meg on Jun 26, 2017 in Icelandic culture
When learning a second language, it’s very important to keep the language in your ear as much as possible. Today, I’d like to share a few listening resources/exercises with you. I’ve tried to select representatives of a good range of levels, so I hope that each of you find something that suits you in this meager collection. All of these are serials, so do tune into RÚV and watch other episodes to keep practicing your ear.
(1) Lundaklettur. An Icelandic kids’ show! This one is new to me, but I gave it a quick listen, and it’s among the easiest to follow. Be aware that they’ll still use more complex grammar, like the subjunctive, but it should be sandwiched well enough in context to fill in the blanks.
(2) Ævar vísindamaður – the Icelandic Bill Nye the Science Guy. I recommend this for at least an A2 level of understanding. The show is very illustrative – by which I mean that, when they use a word that may not be familiar to you, they also hold up the object. Don’t be shy about rewinding a few times.
(3) Krakkafréttir. News for kids! I remember something similiar when I was in middle school – called Channel 1. The newscasters talk really clearly, so it’s a great place to start on your journey to better understanding and pronunciation!
(4) Kastljós. The buzz this month was the grand opening of Costco here in Iceland – and Kastljós covers everything from literature to mental health to, well, food cost variations between countries.
(5) Vettvangur dagsins on RÚV. Have your ear warmed up for this one! This interview will be difficult to follow, but is suitable for an upper intermediate/advanced learner. Give it a try – and again, rewind if you need to. (It’s more difficult to understand at various points). #politics
(6) Póetrý Gó is a new podcast through Alvarp. The hosts interview Icelandic authors about their writing habits, and how those intertwine with walking. In the premier episode, Hallgrímur Helgason — who has newly translated Othello into Icelandic — talks about how walking his dog ignited his creativity.
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