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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.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Icelandic language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Icelandic culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Icelandic culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Icelandic language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Icelandic

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Market and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop till you drop
  • Chapter 5 - Marking the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you doing this weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is the matter?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Introduce yourself formally
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • 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

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships
  • Describe someone in relation to family members
  • Introduce someone else

Grammar Goals

  • Be introduced to the verb eiga
  • Conjugate the verb vera "to be" in third person singular, present tense
  • Identify the subject pronoun hann "he"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest
  • Inquire about a stranger

Grammar Goals

  • 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"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
  • Explain where you are from
  • Identify languages and countries

Grammar Goals

  • Conjugate the verb vera "to be" in second person singular, present tense
  • Learn the prepositions hvaðan "where from", frá "from" and með "with"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the prepositions í "in/into" and við "with/at"
  • Learn the possessive pronouns þín "your/yours" and minn "my/mine"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the direct object personal pronoun mig "me"
  • Learn the past participle form of segja "to say"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Market and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the price for something
  • Buy a ticket for travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • 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

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Identify various articles of clothing
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the 1st and 2nd person singular, present tense of vilja "to want"
  • Learn to conjugate vera "to be" in first person plural

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop till you drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • 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

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Marking the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Use the dative preposition nálægt "near"
  • Use the imperative (command) form

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises
  • Express time relationships
  • Invite someone to join along

Grammar Goals

  • 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

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the four seasons
  • Discuss the months of the year

Grammar Goals

  • Use the accusative preposition á "on/onto"
  • Use the dative compound verb finnast gaman "to like/find fun"
  • Use the reflexive dative verb leika

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you doing this weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Talk about age and birthdays

Grammar Goals

  • Learn to conjugate feminine nouns in the accusative case
  • Learn to conjugate masculine nouns in the accusative case

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the dative and the accusative
  • Use the dative verb bjóða "to invite"
  • Use eiga to say "should"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Use the adverbial suffix -andi "-ly"
  • Use the genitive verb sakna "to miss/long for"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Use the accusative verb þurfa "to need"
  • Use the preposition við with a dative case

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Conjugate masculine nouns ending in -i, e.g. klaki , in the accusative case
  • Use the accusative form of engin "no one/none"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize a masculine noun in the nominative & dative cases
  • Use the dative preposition í "in" with a feminine noun

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions
  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Use feminine and neuter nouns in the accusative case
  • Use the dative verbs stela "to steal" and skila "to turn in/report"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is the matter?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

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

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