Learning Icelandic improves the knowledge of your own language. Four out of five new jobs in the US are created as a result of foreign trade. Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, are increased when you study Icelandic. Icelandic expand one's world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.
How Long Does it Take to Learn Icelandic?
Icelandic is rated as a category 3 language by the Foreign Service Institute. It is considered moderately difficult for English speakers to learn and takes an average of 44 weeks (or 1100 class hours) to gain professional working proficiency.
Icelandic Alphabet & Pronunciation
The Icelandic alphabet is a Latin-script alphabet including some letters duplicated with acute accents. It also includes the letter eth (Ðð), transliterated as 'd', and the runic letter thorn (Þþ), transliterated as 'th'. Ææ and Öö are considered letters in their own right and not a ligature or diacritical version of their respective letters. Icelanders call the ten extra letters 'séríslenskur'.