Learning Icelandic

Though almost everybody in Iceland speaks English, it is important to learn Icelandic whilst living here, because not all public information is translated to English, and there is very little source of news in English.

Fortunately, there is quite a number of places that offer Icelandic courses:

  1. Join a course on Íslenska sem annað mál at Háskóli Íslands. In my opinion, this is the best choice if you’re serious about learning the language properly. Not only it teaches you the use of language on daily basis and its grammar, but also Icelandic literatures and cultures, which I find very interesting. The program offers a BA degree at the end of its three-year duration.
  2. Take up short informal Icelandic courses which are available at many institutions, such as Mimir, Jafnréttishús, Múltikúlti, Tækniskólinn. These courses will mostly teach the practical usage of the language, such as daily conversations.
  3. Login to Icelandic Online, a free online Icelandic course on the web. I find it really convenient and helpful.

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