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, Norway, Sweden 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
You can also find classes online and in worldwide locations like London and other Scandinaviancountries.
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.