https://www.duolingo.com/profile/haleyjones97

Icelandic for Swedish speakers?

Anyone else want this? I started learning Icelandic really casually through English on Memrise last year but I'm already learning and very committed to Swedish. It's not too hard to find free Icelandic courses online to learn through English, but I haven't had any luck finding an Icelandic through Swedish course anywhere.

July 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvelynOlson0

That would be cool, but I think Icelandic for English speakers would be a better option, because even though I would be totally fine with it and I wouldn't have any trouble, people who aren't interested in learning Swedish but are interested in learning Icelandic would find this to be quite difficult, having to learn Swedish first in order to learn Icelandic.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

I agree with that, Iceland is experiencing tourism from the States more than anywhere else. And I'd expect for there to be a Finnish course for Swedish speakers to be out first for reasons having to do with proximity and cultural exchange, if they decide to even add a Swedish base. There are other reasons Duolingo decide to release a course besides from it being cool to have.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvelynOlson0

Yeah. I really want to learn Finnish, and that would be helpful since I'm considering studying in Finland for a year...

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcinM85

It would be great, unfortunately I don't think it is very likely, at least not in the near future. There are no courses from Swedish on Duolingo, not even an English course. Icelandic is one of the most requested languages here, however, it has probably no influence on when it will be added. By the way, have you seen those courses on Memrise:
https://www.memrise.com/course/306514/islandska-ord/
https://www.memrise.com/course/1322135/islandska-ord-3000/ ?
Those are just lists of words from Swedish to Icelandic, however, it is better than nothing.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

That would be an interesting idea. Although I'm not sure how much of a demand for that sort of pairing there is. Courses to learn through Swedish are already somewhat sparse compared to those which use an English base, not to mention Duolingo doesn't even have a Swedish base.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elin789

I would love that, as a native Swedish speaker! Icelandic is the Nordic language which is hardest to understand for the other Nordic countries (whereas a Dane, a Norwegian and a Swede generally can converse and understand each other perfectly fine, all talking in their own language). But it is still some similarities (Icelandic resembles old Norse, as it was when all Scandinavia spoke the same language) and it would be much easier to learn it through Swedish than through English, I think. :)

August 2, 2017
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