Spoken by: 320,000+
Spoken in: Iceland
Language family: Germanic

Icelandic is a North Germanic language and is the sole official language of Iceland. The majority of Icelandic speakers, some 330,000 people, live in Iceland. Approximately 8,000 speakers live in Denmark, 5,000 in the US, and 1,500 in Canada. Standard Icelandic is spoken throughout the country.

Most archaic of modern Germanic languages. Heavily inflected.

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Common difficulties[edit | edit source]

The Foreign Service Institute has classified Icelandic as a "Hard" language. It is estimated that learning Icelandic to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 44 weeks (1100 class hours).[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

YouTube Video By Alexander Arguelles -An introduction to Icelandic.

Sublearning - Icelandic to English movie subtitle flash cards

Pimsleur offers a course in Icelandic.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning;
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