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aantiix
Friday 01st of April 2005 02:14:00 AM
Wanting to learn Icelandic: I have always wanted to learn Icelandic. I have recently been checking into resources for learning this language and find them to be very slim. Anyone have suggestions of materials I can buy? I have checked out several web pages but really need some CDs or tapes that I can listen to along with the reading materials.

Also, is Icelandic similar to any other language? Where learning another similar langugage would be helpful? If so I would love to know any others that are similar. (for example, Portuguese where French, Italian, and Spanish are similar)


Gummi
Monday 04th of April 2005 05:44:51 AM
Hello aantiix:
Welcome to this forum!

Icelandic is moste closely related to Faroese but also to the Scandinavian languages: Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Well, I don't have much else for you right now but I recommend the "EuroTalk interactive programs, TALK NOW" CD's to get started. www.eurotalk.com




Ashlee
Monday 04th of April 2005 02:35:00 PM
Books: I've done a bit of research and these books are on my list:

Icelandic: Grammar, Texts, Glossary by Stefán Einarsson
ISBN: 0801863570
Click [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0801863570/qid=1112598849/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3034241-3039150?v=glance&s=books]here for the amazon.com page

It's a solid introduction to Icelandic that was published in 1945 - old style grammar. This may put you off, but I think this kind of book is essential if you're serious.


Colloquial Icelandic: The Complete Course for Beginners by Daisy L. Neijmann
ISBN: 0415207088
Click [url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415207088/qid=1112599103/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3034241-3039150]here for the amazon.com page

A modern book that would probably (going by the title) teach a more informal, spoken style of language. It comes with 2 cassettes and apparently this one is supposed to come with 2 free CDs as well, but one reviewer doesn't seem to have received theirs. I wouldn't use this as a replacement for a thorough grammar book, but I'd use it after I had been through the above book.

Note: if you're thinking of getting this book, make sure you check the ISBN - the one above is more expensive and comes with cassettes (and CDs apparently..) and another version of the book with ISBN: 0415207061 does not appear to come with cassettes.


aantiix
Monday 23rd of May 2005 11:45:31 PM
Gummi1984 - Thanks for the tips on similar languages.

Ashlee - I will definatly look into those books, thanks.


sofilos
Wednesday 01st of June 2005 08:05:06 PM
Some friends told me that the new edition of Teach yourself Icelandic by Hildur Jonsdottir is also very good.


johnathon
Thursday 15th of September 2005 11:56:12 AM
Originally posted by sofilos


Some friends told me that the new edition of Teach yourself Icelandic by Hildur Jonsdottir is also very good.

i like it, but it's kind of short.

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