Learn Icelandic

Have an interest if studying Icelandic? Keen to grasp the basics of the language? We have put together a guide to learning Iceland including some useful basics words and phrases for travelling in Iceland which will help you interact with locals and make your whole experience easier and more enjoyable.


 
 

 

Where is Icelandic Spoken

Icelandic is a North Germanic language (sometimes known as Nordic). Other North Germanic languages include Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish. Most people in Iceland speak Icelandic around but there are also Icelandic speakers all around the world most notably in countries like Denmark, NorwaySweden and Canada where Icelandic people have migrated to.

 

 

How Many People Speak Icelandic Worldwide

There are an estimated 325,000 people who can speak Icelandic.

 

 

Popular Places to Study Icelandic

  • Iceland
  • You can also find classes in worldwide locations
  • Online

 

 

Top 10 Tips for Beginners Learning Icelandic

  • Use every free moment to study
  • Be patient and don't give up - you won't become flent overnight
  • Practise practise practise
  • Make friends with a native speaker
  • Book a language course
  • Visit the country to interact with locals
  • Listen to music or watch television/films with subtitles
  • Download podcasts
  • Watch videos and tutorials on YouTube
  • Try to learn a new word or phrase every day

 

 

How to Learn Icelandic for Free

There are lots of websites which offer free Icelandic lessons and language tips, we highly recommend checking Youtube. Although these are not as structured or as indepth as a paid online or classroom course you will get to improve steadily. You could also do a language exchange - find someone who speaks Icelandic and who might be interested in learning English or a different language.

 

 

Useful Words & Phrases for Travelling in Iceland

If you are going to travel to Iceland then we highly recommend learning some of the basics of the local language. 

 

Greetings / Basics

  • Hello - Halló
  • Goodbye - Bless
  • Good morning - Góðan dag
  • Good afternoon - Góðan dag
  • Good evening - Gott kvöld
  • See you soon - Sjáumst bráðlega
  • Thanks - Takk
  • Thank you - Þakka þér fyrir
  • Yes - Já
  • No - Nei
  • No thank you - Nei takk

 

 

Conversational

  • What is your name? - Hvað heitirðu?
  • My name is (Paul)... - Ég heiti (Paul)...
  • Where are you from? - Hvaðan ertu?
  • I'm here on vacation - Ég er hérna í fríi

 

 

Tourism

  • Where is the tourist office? - Hvar er ferðamannaskrifstofan?
  • Museum - Safn
  • Is it open today? - Er opið í dag?

 

 

Transport & Getting Around

  • Do you have a map of...? - Áttu til kort af...?
  • A single ticket - Miði aðra leið
  • Two tickets please - Tvo miða takk
  • I'd like to go to... - Ég vil fara til...

 

 

Shopping / Buying Things

  • I'm looking for a... - Ég er að leita að...
  • Where can I buy...? - Hvar get ég keypt..?
  • Please - Vinsamlegast
  • Can I pay by credit card? - Get ég borgað með kreditkorti?
  • How much does this cost? - Hvað kostar þetta?
  • Expensive - Þetta er of dýrt

 

 

Emergencies

  • Where is the hospital? - Hvar er spítalinn?
  • I need a doctor - Ég þarf læknishjálp
  • Help - Hjálp
  • Police - Lögregluna
  • Ambulance - Sjúkrabíl!

 

 

Days of the Week

  • Monday - Mánudagur
  • Tuesday - Þriðjudagur
  • Wednesday - Miðvikudagur
  • Thursday - Fimmtudagur
  • Friday - Föstudagur
  • Saturday - Laugardagur
  • Sunday - Sunnudagur

 

 

Numbers

  • 1 - Einn
  • 2 - Tveir
  • 3 - Þrír
  • 4 - Fjórir
  • 5 - Fimm
  • 6 - Sex
  • 7 - Sjö
  • 8 - Átta
  • 9 - Níu
  • 10 - Tíu
  • 20 - Tuttugu
  • 30 - Þrjátíu
  • 40 - Fjörutíu
  • 50 - Fimmtíu
  • 60 - Sextíu
  • 70 - Sjötíu
  • 80 - Áttatíu
  • 90 - Níutíu
  • 100 - Hundrað
  • 101 - Hundrað og einn
  • 1000 - Þúsund
  • 1,000,000 - Milljón

 

 

 

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