Knowing Icelandic opens the door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, film, philosophy, and science Knowing Icelandic provides a competitive edge in career choices Communication skills developed while learning Icelandic can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Learning about another culture enables you to gain a more profound understanding of your own culture.
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'.