ICELANDIC 101: BIBBIDI-BOBBIDI-BOO
Icelandic is just another Nordic language (like Swedish, Norwegian and Danish). But instead of moving into the modern era like its neighbors—with ABBA, minimalist design, open-faced sandwiches and all that—Iceland has a crazy death-grip on its ancient tongue. Sir Jo-Jo and Lady Lydz give us the lowdown on what it’s like living in their personal, linguistic renaissance fair: masochistic grammar, survival phrases, the world's most entertaining phonebook and much more.
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In this episode we mention a few resources.
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- The Little Book of Icelandic - Alda has a whole series of "little" books, all of which are fun reads brimming with keen-eyed observations on various aspects of Iceland. This one focuses on the language. This book is absolutely not for language-learning (see below if that's that you want), but it is wildly entertaining if you want more quirky insights into the Icelandic language (and the people who speak it).
- Icelandic Online - Free online course in Icelandic put together by the awesome, amazing teachers in the Icelandic-as-a-Second-Language program at the University of Iceland. A great first step if you're interested in Icelandic for beginners.
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