Icelandic: The official language of the smallest country
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10 facts about the Icelandic language
Origin of the language
The Icelandic language originated in Norway.
History of the language
It is thought that the Icelandic language came into existence in the 9th century.
Learning the language
An English speaker will need about 1100 hours to learn Icelandic.
Icelandic language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Icelandic:
The thing about Iceland is that we are trapped there anyway, all of us. We have been trapped there for thousands of years.
Actor, producer and writer
We thought it was drops of dew and kissed, cold tears from the cross grass.
Folklore writer and poet
It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading. I am always trying to forget words.
Writer and Nobel Prize winner
Fun facts about the Icelandic language
Alphabet in Icelandic
The Icelandic language has 32 letters; it contains the same Latin letters of the English alphabet as well as letters unique to the Icelandic language: á, æ, ð, é, í, ó, ö, þ, ú, and ý.
It is fairly typical to hear a sentence in Icelandic uttered on the inhalation rather than pausing in speech.
Terms and phrases not recognized in English
In Icelandic, numerous terms and expressions are not available in and difficult to translate into English, such as gluggaveður, which means "window weather."
Icelandic is a modulated language with altering terms such as an article, person, accent, case or numeral.
Rather than use foreign terms for objects, a new word is created by repurposing an old one. For example, "computer" is called tölva, which means number oracle.
No similarity with English
In Icelandic, the suffix “-s” is frequently used to indicate the genitive, but not the plural, of a word.
Importance of language
The Icelandic language has persisted for a very long time without being influenced by other languages which highlights the value of language.
Identity of one of the smallest countries
The language is distinctive in that it embodies the identity of one of the world's smallest countries.
Confusing sounds of letters
Non-Icelandic people confuse the letters "Þ þ" with "p," but it is supposed to sound like "th" as in path.
Icelandic's complicated grammar is another distinguishing aspect of the language. In addition to the active and passive voices, there is a middle voice.