Icelandic 1 For Travel

Icelandic polite phrases & greetings…

Iceland stamp with Reykjavík


Our son and his family are planning a trip to Iceland in the summer. He and his wife had been to Iceland previously for a few days and know that English is widely spoken.
Now they want to explore the island with their young children (12, 9, and 5 years) for little longer.
And this time they want to learn and practice some essential words and phrases.
Over the next few weeks we’ll add more essential Icelandic words and phrases.
(See more “Learn and Practice Tips” below!)

The First 11 Icelandic Phrases

Learn and Practice Tips

  • Click the black arrow to hear the German speaker.
  • Click the red dot once to record yourself.
  • Click the black square to stop recording.
  • When you click the black arrow again, you’ll hear the speaker and then yourself.
  • Do it several times until you sound like the German speaker.
  • Then “Choose a Study Mode” and test yourself with one of the Quizlet games! (You may need to adjust your Options with top right icon .)

Why learn these Phrases?

Whenever you travel to a country whose language you don’t speak, you will encounter situations when these words will be useful. 
Our son and his wife know full well that they won’t be able to have a conversation in Icelandic, but that some basic phrases and greetings will go a long way to break the ice with the Icelanders they’ll meet. (no pun intended!)

What next?

After you have learned and practiced these 11 first basic words and phrases, so can say “Please”,”Thank you” and some greetings in Icelandic, it may be time to learn some typical question words. Look out for Icelandic 2 For Travel.

Author: Ulrike Rettig

Ulrike S. Rettig holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. After a teaching career she worked for Pimsleur Language Programs and co-founded GamesforLanguage.com in 2011. Now, with Lingo-Late.com she offers her experience and insights to language lovers before they travel.

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