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A blog documenting my ongoing study of Icelandic, for students and fans of the language.
A blog documenting my ongoing study of Icelandic, for students and fans of the language.

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A museum and exhibition honoring Icelandic poet Steinn Steinarr has been dedicated near his birthplace in the Westfjords. A snippet from the article and one if his poems made for my Icelandic study. :) 

https://islenzka.net/steinn-steinarr/
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There was an interesting article on the RÚV website today about a "barefoot park", which I had never heard of before. It does sound very relaxing though :-) It also made for a long blog post...

https://islenzka.net/barefoot-park/
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Just can't bring yourself to leave Iceland at the end of your stay? Try living on Coke and bananas at the airport! :-)

https://islenzka.net/a-week-in-leifsstod/
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Yea! The stolen Bengal cats were found and safely returned :-) I learned a few more words for 'cat' as a result as well...

https://islenzka.net/stolen-cats-returned/
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According to RÚV, the first baby of 2015 in Iceland was a girl born at 3:54 this morning :) Gleðilegt nýtt ár everyone!

http://islenzka.net/baby-new-year/
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To contribute to the jólastemning, I wanted to share another attempt at translating an Icelandic folktale, this one set during the holidays. I don't think there's an English translation of this one, at least I didn't find one. If you like stories with strong female characters, who happen to be quite handy with an axe, then Nineteen Outlaws is for you :-) Gleðileg jól!

http://islenzka.net/nineteen-outlaws/
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Dagur Íslenskrar Tungu!

A happy Icelandic Language Day (and happy birthday Jónas Hallgrímsson) to the native speakers of this fascinating language, as well as those who learn it as a second language, either out of necessity or just for fun :-) I've been at it almost 3 years now, and while the progress sometimes seems quite slow, I can see progress nonetheless. I've been spending a lot of time on the grammar web site I put together and announced a few weeks ago. Thanks to all who sent me feedback, I've made a few improvements that will hopefully make the site even more useful to Icelandic learners. If you haven't checked it out recently, here are the biggest changes:

* All of the flashcards are now fill-in-the-blank, and allow you to use just the keyboard to check your answer, show the answer, of fetch a new word.

* There is the option to use the smaller beginner database of words, or the expanded database of almost the entire DMII.

* You can search for an Icelandic word, and it will offer suggestions as you type for a fill-in-the-blank table.

* A page for random verbs that allows you to filter based on strong/weak, 4 classes of verbs, or even specific vowel shifts.

If you don't see the new stuff, try clearing your browser cache - I had some issues with caching early on that should be fixed now.


http://islenzka.is
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I’ve been working on a new web site that I hope you’ll find useful in your study of Icelandic. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but at a stage where it should be helpful for beginners learning Icelandic grammar. The page has various tools like flashcards and quiz generators that give you random words, and ask you to provide the correct declension/conjugation. Let me know what you think, I already have some suggestions on improving it based on feedback from a few people who previewed the site, so I’ll be working on making it even better :-)

http://islenzka.is/
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Although I read a lot of Icelandic poetry, I’ve never posted anything about it. I decided to give it a shot, and share some of what I’ve read of Ari Jósefsson’s poetry.

http://islenzka.net/ari-josefsson/
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Snow is appearing on the mountains around Reykjavík - winter is coming to Iceland :-)

http://islenzka.net/snow-on-the-mountains/
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