Ég elska íslensku! I love Icelandic. Maybe it’s the rolled R that reminds me of my mother tongue, Russian. Or maybe it’s the fascination i have with Norse culture and Vikings. All I know is, I love the Icelandic language and I think it is one of the most complex, beautiful, and rewarding languages in the world. Duolingo needs to make this happen; a course of Icelandic for English speakers! Icelandic is a language that uses its own words for things like electricity (rafmagn) and scientist (vísindamaður). Thus, it feels constantly new and foreign and yet strikingly familiar. If = ef; water = vatn; green = grænn. Icelandic has had an impact on English on a deep everyday level. „Their husbands are going berserk, there is something amiss.“ That was mostly Icelandic! We need to know the roots of our own language! And reading! There are more books per capita published in Iceland than nearly anywhere else!! Íslenska er fallegt tungumál. Please, enough stalling. Bring us the tongue of the Vikings. Make haste! Well. For those interested in Icelandic and let down by Duolingo for not providing this amazing language to us… hér Fyrir immersion:
Fyrir vocab og some grammar:
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Það er gott að læra íslensku. It is good to learn Icelandic.
Takk fyrir, kæri vinur, góðan dag. Thank you, dear friends, good day.
I agree, Duo needs to add Icelandic. I've tried it out before on Memrise and truly enjoyed it, but I found Memrise to not teach me very well. I really hope Duo adds Icelandic, it's such a beautiful language.
"Their husbands are going berserk, there is something amiss.“ That was mostly Icelandic!"
Mostly Old East Norse, actually! The British Isles were invaded by the Danes repeatedly, and their language had a real impact on ours. It's why our Northern dialects are overwhelmed with glottal stops. :)
Both languages take a great deal of their vocabulary from Old Norse dialects (Old West Norse, in Icelandic's case), but English is essentially what you get when you inject Old Norse into another language, whereas Icelandic remained relatively unaffected by other tongues throughout its history.
I tried it once ... In a while I'll look into it again because of your enthusiasm- thanks!
Góðan dagin! I'm quite interested in the languages of the Nordic countries. I'm currently studying Faroese ( eg kenni eitt sindur av forøyskt ) and Norwegian ( og norsk ) at the moment. I would definitely love to see an Icelandic course on Doulingo as I plan on studying it in the near future. All tað besta! ( good luck )
Thanks for the links! Here is an older post on the subj.--there have been MANY others, but still Icelandic hasn't made it into the incubator. :( (In that post, in the "post a" listed in my comment there are a few Russian links . . . not that you would need them, since your English is so good, but maybe you will enjoy them.)
Icelandic sounds great but I think Russian is a beautiful language and I'm just beginning to learn it. And that beautiful Russian writing. Good luck with the Icelandic, sounds like you are picking it up easily and it would be great for Duolingo to start a course. I was delighted when I found they had Russian..