Language Resources

Everything I have used for my language studies will be listed here, and it will continue to grow as I find new and interesting ways to dive into the language or the culture in general.

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  • Hippocrene Beginner’s Icelandic – A book a little over 200 pages that comes with two CDs in which you can follow along with clear translations. I highly recommend this specifically as a book to introduce yourself to the grammar. It is comprised of 14 sections that each include example conversations, vocabulary for the conversations, grammar lessons, useful expressions, and some very neat exercises in which you can quiz yourself along the way.
  • Colloquial Icelandic – An advanced book that covers grammar at a very quick pace, but explains it very clearly and directly. It has many examples of dialogue and appropriate vocabulary for each one, many many exercises, and even includes readings that provide further translation at a more complex length. I would not recommend this for the absolute beginner but rather for someone who has a good beginning grip on the grammar.

Online

Dictionaries

  • Icelandic-English – Clearly states the root of the word, the form, different variations of the word, and other phrases that are commonly used that include the word in them. Recommended by IcelandicOnline.is.
  • Icelandic-English – A very in depth dictionary that may take a little bit of effort to search through.

Grammar/vocabulary/pronunciations

  • Beygingarlýsing íslensks nútímamáls – Enter any form of a word and find every inflection of that word. It’s very helpful when you want to determine which verb form to use in a sentence.
  • Verbix – find conjugations for every Icelandic verb imaginable
  • Sagnavefr – 100 frequently used Icelandic verbs and conjugations for each
  • Every Single Word in Icelandic – A neat, fun blog dedicated to interesting and common words in modern Icelandic

Lessons/Courses

Memrise.com
People studying languages or teaching languages create courses where you can practice memorizing the vocabulary of many dozens of languages. It has a neat design to get you to practice: You start by “planting” words into your memory, and then you go on through the course to “grow” them, for short term memory. Then every few hours it’ll notify you that it’s time to “water” your plants, or in other words use your long term memory to reiterate learning the words. There is also an app that you can download to your phone do you can practice when you’re away from your computer. Here are some notable courses:

Icelandic Online 
3+ part course intended for students that want to learn the language to speak it colloquially in iceland. A bit of challenge: It is entirely in Icelandic, which forces you to really focus on everything you are reading around yourself, until sense can be made of it. With the first part, you are taken step by step through an absolute beginners course (bjargir), a course on nature (náttúra), and a course on culture (menning). I find that while maneuvering through this course, it is best to also have an open tab with the online dictionary, as well as a notebook where you can write down words that you come across with their translations into English. It is very accumulative so many words and ideas are recycled over and over until they stick.

News

  • RÚV – The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, which posts Icelandic news and streams television and radio channels 24 hours a day (some broadcasts are only in Iceland and cannot be seen from other countries).
  • Morgunblaðið – A popular daily newspaper in Iceland, which can also be read in English here.
  • Iceland Review – News of Iceland presented in English
  • Reykjavík Grapevine – Magazine in English that specializes in current events, music, and culture
  • Vísir – Icelandic news coming out of Reykjavík

Language Courses

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