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Icelandic

Judging just by its name alone, Iceland seems like the home of nothing but frozen tundra, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A hotel made of ice, sunshine at midnight, natural hot springs, a prime view of the Northern Lights, and active volcanoes all attest to the fact that Iceland is a place of excitement and energy. In fact, you might say that visiting Iceland is as epic as its proud Norse sagas.

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People

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  • Who Are You?
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    People

    Who Are You?

    • Greet others and bid them farewell
    • Introduce yourself formally
    • Meet new people
    • Be introduced to the verb hafa "to have"
    • Be introduced to the verb heita "to call oneself"
    • Be introduced to the verb vera "to be"
    • Identify personal pronouns
  • We are Family
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    People

    We are Family

    • Ask questions regarding familial relationships
    • Describe someone in relation to family members
    • Introduce someone else
    • Be introduced to the verb eiga
    • Conjugate the verb vera "to be" in third person singular, present tense
    • Identify the subject pronoun hann "he"
  • Getting to Know You
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    People

    Getting to Know You

    • Articulate feelings
    • Describe physical characteristics
    • Express interest
    • Inquire about a stranger
    • Be introduced to future tense
    • Identify the direct object personal pronoun hana "her"
    • Identify the direct object personal pronoun þig "you"
    • Identify the personal pronoun hún "she"
  • There’s No Place Like Home
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    People

    There’s No Place Like Home

    • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
    • Explain where you are from
    • Identify languages and countries
    • Conjugate the verb vera "to be" in second person singular, present tense
    • Learn the prepositions hvaðan "where from", frá "from" and með "with"
  • Where did you go to School?
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    People

    Where did you go to School?

    • Discuss the merits of a school
    • Inquire about programs
    • Identify the prepositions í "in/into" and við "with/at"
    • Learn the possessive pronouns þín "your/yours" and minn "my/mine"

Travel

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  • “How do you say….?”
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    Travel

    “How do you say….?”

    • Ask for clarification
    • Provide and obtain new information
    • Request new vocabulary
    • Identify the direct object personal pronoun mig "me"
    • Learn the past participle form of segja "to say"
  • Market and Money
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    Travel

    Market and Money

    • Ask the price for something
    • Buy a ticket for travel
    • Count
    • Negotiate
    • Learn the dative case personal pronoun mér "me/to me"
    • Learn the future tense form of vera "to be"
    • Learn the verb eiga "to have" in the first person singular
  • In My Closet
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    Travel

    In My Closet

    • Express future plans
    • Identify various articles of clothing
    • Question statements made by others
    • Learn the 1st and 2nd person singular, present tense of vilja "to want"
    • Learn to conjugate vera "to be" in first person plural
  • Shop till you drop
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    Travel

    Shop till you drop

    • Acquire necessities
    • Find places to shop
    • Gather information from a native speaker
    • Inquire about shops in the local area
    • Learn how to add the word "the" to a noun with the suffix -in
    • Learn the dative case pronoun því "it"
    • Learn to negate verbs with ekki
  • Marking the Spot
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    Travel

    Marking the Spot

    • Ask for and receive directions
    • Describe the location of one object in relation to another
    • Use the dative preposition nálægt "near"
    • Use the imperative (command) form

Activities

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  • Time to Play Sports
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    Activities

    Time to Play Sports

    • Discuss sports and exercises
    • Express time relationships
    • Invite someone to join along
    • Learn the 1st person singular of the simple past tense
    • Learn the 2nd person singular of the simple past tense
    • Learn the imperative form for the first person plural
  • My Favorite Season is Summer
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    Activities

    My Favorite Season is Summer

    • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
    • Discuss the four seasons
    • Discuss the months of the year
    • Use the accusative preposition á "on/onto"
    • Use the dative compound verb finnast gaman "to like/find fun"
    • Use the reflexive dative verb leika
  • What are you doing this weekend?
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    Activities

    What are you doing this weekend?

    • Converse about the days of the week
    • Make plans for the weekend
    • Talk about age and birthdays
    • Learn to conjugate feminine nouns in the accusative case
    • Learn to conjugate masculine nouns in the accusative case
  • Let’s Go to a Party
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    Activities

    Let’s Go to a Party

    • Make future plans
    • Tell time
    • Practice the dative and the accusative
    • Use the dative verb bjóða "to invite"
    • Use eiga to say "should"
  • I’ll Miss this Place
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    Activities

    I’ll Miss this Place

    • Prepare for a departure
    • Strengthen relationships
    • Use the adverbial suffix -andi "-ly"
    • Use the genitive verb sakna "to miss/long for"

Places

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  • I Don’t Feel Well
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    Places

    I Don’t Feel Well

    • Ask for medication
    • Describe symptoms
    • Speak to a pharmacist
    • Use the accusative verb þurfa "to need"
    • Use the preposition við with a dative case
  • Let's Eat
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    Places

    Let's Eat

    • Identify items on the dinner table
    • Offer assistance
    • Order a meal
    • Understand the customs of local dining
    • Conjugate masculine nouns ending in -i, e.g. klaki , in the accusative case
    • Use the accusative form of engin "no one/none"
  • I Can’t Eat That
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    Places

    I Can’t Eat That

    • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
    • Explain that you require a special diet
    • Give compliments
    • Reference senses
    • Recognize a masculine noun in the nominative & dative cases
    • Use the dative preposition í "in" with a feminine noun
  • Help!
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    Places

    Help!

    • Ask questions
    • Declare that a problem exists
    • State that you do not know something
    • Use feminine and neuter nouns in the accusative case
    • Use the dative verbs stela "to steal" and skila "to turn in/report"
  • What is the matter?
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    Places

    What is the matter?

    • Answer questions
    • Request emergency aid
    • Review adjective endings for masculine nouns in the nominative case
    • Use the dative verb lenda í "to befall one"