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Materials made by Íslenskunáman
You have access to lots of free resources for learning Icelandic as a second language created by Íslenskunáman. Much of them are on Quizlet but some are on printable PDFs.
Note that there are links in the summaries below that will lead you directly to a attached assignment.
for level 1 and 2, to practice:
- vocabulary and pronunciation
- basic word order and grammar
I. Additional tasks
for Conversation Cards, to practice:
- their main subjects and focuses and more relevant language skills
Diagrams and assignments
|Verbs||Frame: vowel shifts in singular of irregular verbs in present tense|
Frame: vowel swifts in singular of irregular verbs in past tense
|A1+ (2. level)|
A2+ (3. level)
Google Translate is still the most effective dictionary for translating sentences, but sometimes you just need to look up individual words.
|Icelandic Made Easi(er)||User friendly and clarifying grammar blog (in English)|
|BIN||Helpful, but its purpose isn’t providing 100% correct grammar|
|Litli málfræðingurinn||Perhaps it’s better to love grammar (pdf)|
|Málfræðiyfirlit||Overview from Íslenska fyrir alla (pdf)|
You need grammar but don’t let perfectionism stop you from using the Icelandic you do know.Teachers’ tips
Audio and texts
Train your brain by listening to Icelandic. For example, you can listen to Icelandic:
- radio stations
The best way to practice what you’ve learned is to use it in conversations. In the beginning, you need a platform or a partner to do so.Teacher tips
|Practice Makes Perfect||Kópavogur Library in cooperation with The Icelandic Red Cross|
|Spilum og spjöllum||City Library – Grófin and Spöngin (Reykjavík)|
|Practice and learn Icelandic||You can request a study partner in this Facebook Group|
Various schools offer 40-hour a week courses in Icelandic as a second language. Many of them also offer distance learning. Some students, however, simply choose to learn the language in private lessons because even though the lessons costs more, they get more out of it.
Here are the names of a few instructors who offer private tutoring.
|Hólmfríður Gestdóttir||Grafarvogur, Reykjavík (face-to-face tutoring and online)|
|Rakel Sigurgeirsdóttir||Grafarvogur, Reykjavík (face-to-face teaching in priority)|
|Sigurður Hermannsson||Vesturbær, Reykjavík (face-to-face tutoring and online)|
|Svava Skúladóttir||London, UK (online)|
Published December 10, 2021