https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

Icelandic for English speakers?

We have a Swedish course, a Danish course, and a Beta Norwegian course... so it would only make sense to add Icelandic too, right? Right?

I'd love to see an Icelandic course, it's a beautiful language and really fun to learn. I've been learning it for around a year, and while I think my reading's pretty good I still struggle to write basic sentences, in part due to the lack of resources (like DuoLingo) which offer sentence feedback :( I've found myself stuck in a writing-rut because I'm not good enough to feel comfortable chatting with natives, but because I don't practice I don't know how to improve, etc etc. So!! An Icelandic course on DuoLingo is an absolute necessity :D

Would anybody else be interested in an Icelandic course? Are there any native speakers here willing to contribute to a good cause? :) I'd absolutely love to be able to help on a course (as a sort of minor-contributor) because I could add in all the English sentence variations, leaving the fluent speakers to do the "proper" course :P

Let's find some fluent Icelandic speakers! Let's get a DuoLingo Icelandic course going! Let me help in some way so I can actually learn something!

(... I'm only partially joking about the last part :P)

6/17/2015, 4:51:19 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/robinsdave
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Unfortunately I can't help with any contribution myself, but I would be all over Icelandic if it came out, it's one that I'd be most excited about if it were to happen

6/17/2015, 5:23:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/viscacha
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You've probably seen it already, but Icelandic Online (http://icelandiconline.is/index.html) is worth a look to anyone interested . It's a free course made by the University of Iceland. I also think livemocha has some Icelandic, but I don't know how many native speakers are active there or how advanced it is versus where you are, which would make all the difference with their format. I'm sure when Icelandic come to duo it will be popular!

6/17/2015, 10:15:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

I tried it out when I was first starting Icelandic and it completely overwhelmed me, so I pretty much forgot about it... but I've been using it again all morning for the first time in almost a year, and it's so much better than I remember! I too recommend it to anyone who wants to start Icelandic. I especially love the videos - they're great for listening comprehension (mine is awful, so it needs a lot of improvement :P) and they're so awkwardly cute, it makes it much more fun :)

6/18/2015, 9:26:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

There's a lot of demand for Icelandic on Duolingo, I'd love to see it on here. But I don't think I've come across a single person on the forums even claiming to be proficient in Icelandic. So it will take time to find course contributors, that's for sure.

6/18/2015, 2:33:30 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

I know! I haven't seen anyone with a good working knowledge at all. I'd happily apply if there were already some native/fluent speakers working on it - I'd mostly be able to help with the English translations and grammar notes, as I have a learner's perspective - but I could never apply on my own. I'm too nervous and I know that my skills are only barely good enough to complete the first few skills, because the thing that seems most important on Duo - writing - is one of my weak spots. :( I just hope that some sort of proficient speaker finds out about and is willing to help DuoLingo, loads of people want Icelandic and it'd be a fantastic starting point in the language

6/18/2015, 4:40:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

Right now this thread is #1 in the forums so you can see that Icelandic is very popular here!! :D

6/18/2015, 12:44:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gestsdottir

I'm Icelandic! I would love to help but the only on-line course is the one already mentioned, Icelandic Online. But I'm sure the people that made it (and I know) would be happy to cooperate with Duolingo to make an Icelandic version of it.

If any of you are actually prepared to invest in learning Icelandic I could give you names and emails of some of the best "Icelandic for foreigners" teachers from the Universities and the best language schools. Just let me know.

6/18/2015, 2:13:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lumpydumpling
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Oh, I would love to learn Icelandic! :D

Thanks so much for posting here, it's great to see so much support! Hopefully with so much enthusiasm from the community we may see an Icelandic course here in the not-too-distant future!

6/18/2015, 3:28:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Many people would like this. Do a search through the forums and you'll find plenty of discussion. Also, Icelandic has rated fairly high in informal surveys about "what languages would you like to see next on Duolingo?"

6/17/2015, 9:05:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ImJacob
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I would love an Icelandic course.

Iceland is a beautiful country. :)

6/18/2015, 2:36:08 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/bar_an
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I heard that Icelandic is WAY harder to learn than German. And as someone who finished his German tree.... that language scares me. :S

But of course, I'll try learning it if it will come out. :)

6/17/2015, 8:44:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

Easy, hard.. they're all opinions :) as long as the grammar is paced and explained well, Icelandic's no harder than any other language!

6/18/2015, 4:43:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/CaveatEmptor

The hardest part will be in trying to find Icelandic media to practice with, like Icelandic films and Icelandic language-packs for video games. But I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to find Icelandic books.

6/18/2015, 7:24:28 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/rtsund
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Well, it will be that much easier now that you have experience with German.

6/22/2015, 1:11:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AageNielsen
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I guess it is all relative to our own learning style, experience, and perhaps aptitude. I am a native speaker of English, and have very high fluency in Danish (mostly self-taught), but really struggle with Dutch–and I work on it a lot.

11/30/2018, 4:34:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/vanar702

I would love to learn Icelandic due to its close ties with old Norse. I do a bit of Viking reenactment and this would just be the icing on the cake to get really immersed into it. But I will wait as long as it takes, it must surely come out eventually :)

6/17/2015, 9:36:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/farfettillejl

Ok, I'm gonna be honest. Viking reenactments.... sound amazing!! What's involved? Do you do daily life, awesome battles, just looking cool..? I'd love to learn more about Viking culture, that sounds like so much fun ^.^

6/18/2015, 4:45:55 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/vanar702

I do it with the SCA since my area doesn't have a dedicated Norse group, but there are plenty around. I am mostly interested in the clothing and practical everyday living, crafts, history, a bit of archery, trading etc. Eventually I want to get a proper tent and campsite gear for the camping events. There are people who do fighting too. Pinterest is actually a great source of info in one place, and there are loads of blogs. I'd love to go the Wolin festival in Poland, but I live on the other side of the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w61uPBb-X-s When I travel in Europe the viking museums like Jorvik, Haithabu etc will be high priority :)

6/19/2015, 2:28:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/remnantshadows

I've been hoping an Icelandic course would come out. Crossing fingers!! I may not be able to help form the course. But I'm ready to start taking it. :) Duolingo better get to work. lol.

6/17/2015, 11:10:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundgeirr
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You just have to look at my profile picture to figure out what my opnion about the course is :P Don't hesitate to visit my post about ressources: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8558533

As a heathen myself I want to learn Icelandic and old Norse to fully understand viking society, world view and mentality. I've begun already, but I still need to study a lot and achieve a decent fluency in the language. I'm looking forward to it.

I totally support a Duolingo course!!

6/18/2015, 10:15:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/NeonSam

Yeah I'd love Icelandic too. In the meantime that we wait, try using Memrise.com. It's very similar to Duolingo and has over 80 languages including Icelandic. Best of all, it's free! There are 3 Icelandic courses on there; a simple one, a Duolingo-style official one and one that teaches you every single Icelandic word in existence.

Simple course - https://www.memrise.com/course/351/basic-icelandic/

Duolingo-style course -https://www.memrise.com/course/134020/beginners-icelandic

Full-dictionary course - https://www.memrise.com/course/72275/first-5000-icelandic-words/

Also, to anyone who speaks Icelandic, don't be afraid to apply to the Duolingo Incubator. Just select the apply to contribute button, and when it asks you the language you wish to work on, click the last option 'add another' and write Icelandic.

Takk fyrir and happy learning.

7/8/2017, 12:53:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/efskap
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I would truly eat a cup of broken glass for an Icelandic course. ÍSLAND ÉG ELSKA ÞIG

6/17/2015, 9:38:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/H.H.Bandersnatch

I would love for there to be an Icelandic course. I would be practicing that one ALL the time.

6/18/2015, 3:41:27 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnWycliffe
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I wish so much that I could contribute, but I don't speak it either. I can read some because of my knowledge of Scandinavian languages but I can't write it at all and the grammar is a little more complex from what I gather. I would be so stoked to learn though!

6/18/2015, 4:54:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMorales
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I'm not a native, but I am proficient. I would love to contribute.

6/19/2015, 12:14:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/shaleco
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How did you go about learning Icelandic? I want to learn but I am not sure how to start. Any tips would be appreciated.

6/22/2015, 7:14:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMorales
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A lot of practicing with natives! Many good resources such as memrise and Icelandiconline will give you the basics, after that, try with Skype sessions with natives from italki and hello talk.

6/23/2015, 2:15:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/shaleco
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I am going to be traveling to Iceland next year and I would love to learn it! OP: If you don't mind me asking, what resources are you using to learn right now?

6/19/2015, 4:46:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Chelsinder

I can't wait for an Icelandic course for English speakers - I keep checking the incubator in the hope it will appear! I am currently using Colloquial Icelandic, Íslenska fyrir alla, Icelandiconline.is and various lessons on YouTube and memrise but still holding out hope a Duolingo course will arrive as I absolutely love Duolingo and am sad I can't use it to learn Icelandic yet!

10/8/2015, 10:08:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ThorstenJCox

I know I'm really late responding to this, but whatever :) I would love an Icelandic course! Duolingo has High Valyrian in beta and Klingon in progress, but no Icelandic. Although languages created by expert linguists is great, isn't it better to have a language that is actually spoken by many people as their native language?

7/30/2017, 9:02:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/underwood.jones
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I think finding contributors who are willing to apply for the incubator is the first step, as I am sure there are a lot of languages waiting to be added that have contributors already, so bumping Icelandic up on the priority list (which i am 100% for, by the way) would go a lot smoother if we have the people...spread the word!

6/18/2015, 11:03:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Daltalf
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I would love to contribute! I've applied for contributor, so I'll be waiting for them to let me get some progress done.

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