All posts tagged "icelandic"

Learning Old Norse: what's the plural of "axe"? (10 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

In the Viking sagas, writes Jesse L. Byock, there are "accusations of witchcraft, fights over beached whales, cheating, stealing, harboring of outlaws, and vengeance sought for scurrilous or erotic verse." Viking Language 1 is, hands down, the most exciting foreign language book I have ever read.

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Three months of Icelandic later ... Ég er búin að borða hvalinn! (01 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )
"Learning Icelandic is like getting a tattoo on your ass. It's painful and you can't show it off to anyone". – Reddit wisdom
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Beginner's Icelandic review (27 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

You can only lose your virginity once. And you can only learn Icelandic for the first time once.

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Teach Yourself Icelandic review (21 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Teach Yourself books. On the one hand, they are often the only textbook for less-commonly-taught languages, and I've appreciated the way they let you bootstrap up to more complicated books. On the other hand, Teach Yourself's quality control is spotty, and if there are two or three textbooks for a language, there's probably a better one.

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I see a whale! (16 Feb 2016 | Tags: , )

Beginner's Icelandic wants you to learn the words hvalaskoðun, "whale watching", and jökull, "glacier", because that's pretty much why you're visiting Iceland in the first place. Unfortunately Jeremy in Chapter 9 can't appreciate them because he is sjóveikur, "seasick".

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The algebraic grammar of Icelandic (03 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

"Your purpose is to learn to speak German, not to learn to look it up in a book." Foreign Service Institute, German: Basic Course

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Tools for learning Icelandic (20 Dec 2015 | Tags: )

When you study a foreign language you're not just memorizing facts – you're learning a skill. Several skills, more precisely: speaking and listening, reading and writing. And while they reinforce each other, you can't just do one and expect the others to improve – thus, the familiar experience of being able to read a language but completely unable to understand a native speaker asking you for directions.

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The sounds of Icelandic (24 Nov 2015 | Tags: , )

A friend of mine wants to learn Icelandic, and I am always looking for someone to study languages with.

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