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Personal Pronouns Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Here is a topic for complete beginners, something called “personal pronouns”. Words like “our”, and “yours” are also types of pronouns, but we’ll cover those later. *m (male), f (female), n (neuter). “Þið” is used as “you (multiple people)”, just as you would use “you guys/you all” in English. When talking to an individual, unknown…

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Stereotypes and Myths Posted by on Jul 21, 2012

When you read about Iceland or talk to Icelanders you often get a picturesque view, compounded by the fact that most things about Iceland easily available stem from the Icelandic tourist board. Many things about Iceland are only in Icelandic, or aren’t mentioned at all, and most Icelanders don’t know what it’s like from a…

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Everyday Icelandic Posted by on Jul 17, 2012

The most difficult thing to find when you don’t live in Iceland is the Icelandic for things that you would never talk to someone else about. You might be able to get some of this from reading a lot of varied books, but unless you have a friend in Iceland willing to take photos or…

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Difficult sounds in Icelandic Posted by on Jul 14, 2012

First, I’d like to say these are all rules that have been taught to me – I’m not making up any rules based on my own observations. This post from earlier shows how to (approximately) pronounce the alphabet. If you’d just like to buy a book, I recommend “The Pronunciation of Modern Icelandic“, which is…

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Reading Receipts Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

If you ever go to Iceland, a fun souvenir is your shopping receipts. They’re almost always in Icelandic and there are two main types with slight variations. You can also get other receipt types from various more unique events and places. The first type is the real receipt. This shows the items that you bought…

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Icelandic Food Part Three Posted by on Jul 7, 2012

Here is the third, and probably last, post on Icelandic food. The first post is here and the second is here. This is “chocolate soup”, it doesn’t taste like plain chocolate though. They also have a variety of thin fruit soups in the same style, although I lost my photo of those. You put cold…

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Most Popular Icelandic Sites Posted by on Jul 3, 2012

Here is a chart of some of the most popular Icelandic websites. It’s not out of all the websites that exist, but it still shows some of the major ones. Here is a link to the full chart. The first three on the image (not on the link) are news sites. The fourth is a…

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