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In this Icelandic pronunciation lesson, you will learn how to pronounce the 32 letters of the Icelandic alphabet with an example of an Icelandic word for each letter.
For example, the example word for the Icelandic letter "A" is "Api" which means "monkey" in Icelandic.
The Icelandic alphabet example words and the translation:
0:08 letter A/a (Api = monkey)
0:13 letter Á/á (Ás = ace)
0:16 letter B/b (Bók = book)
0:20 letter D/d (Dreki = dragon)
0:24 letter Ð/ð (Eðla = lizard)
0:28 letter E/e (Eldur = fire)
0:32 letter É/é (Él = hail)
0:36 letter F/f (Folald = baby horse)
0:40 letter G/g (Grís = pig)
0:44 letter H/h (Hestur = horse)
0:48 letter I/i (Inn = inside)
0:52 letter Í/í (Ís = ice cream)
0:56 letter J/j (Jójó = yo-yo)
1:00 letter K/k (Kaka = cake)
1:04 letter L/l (Lómur = red throated loon)
1:08 letter M/m (Máni = moon)
1:12 letter N/n (Nesti = lunch box)
1:16 letter O/o (ormur = worm)
1:20 letter Ó/ó (Órói = wind chime)
1:24 letter P/p (Poki = bag)
1:28 letter R/r (Rúta = bus)
1:32 letter S/s (Sími = phone)
1:36 letter T/t (Taska = case (e.g. school bag, luggage))
1:40 letter U/u (Ugla = owl)
1:44 letter Ú/ú (Úlfur = wolf)
1:49 letter V/v (Vika = week)
1:52 letter X/x (Fax = main)
1:55 letter Y/y (Fyndið = funny)
2:00 letter Ý/ý (Grýla = the mother of 13 Icelandic Santas)
2:04 letter Þ/þ (Þota = jet)
2:07 letter Æ/æ (Spæta = woodpecker)
2:11 letter Ö/ö (Önd = duck)
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!!Facts about the Icelandic language!!
+ Did you know that the Icelandic language is the closest language to old Norse? +
The Icelandic language is descended from old Norse which was spoken by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. It is one of the oldest languages in Europe.
+ Did you know Icelandic is going EXTINCT? +
There is little being done by the government or anyone else in a position of power, to safeguard the Icelandic language against English and the digital age. Even now the responsible parties are looking the other way while English is being allowed more free reign.
The young people are getting used to seeing things in English, on their computers, smartphones, tablets, many of the most popular apps today such as Snapchat, are only available in English. When people start getting used to this and stop worrying about whether a text is in Icelandic or English, the language is already dying.
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