Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

The most obsure question ever?? Icelandic pronunciation

The most obsure question ever?? Icelandic pronunciation

May 20th, 2004, 11:05 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 309
The most obsure question ever?? Icelandic pronunciation

HI,

This may be the most obscure question ever posted on the site! I was wondering if anyone out there could help me with the pronunciations of some basic words and expressions in Icelandic--please, thank you, do you speak English, etc.

Please: afsakid (d is not really a d but looks like a cross between a d and an a with a short diagonal line cutting across the top)

Thank you: takk fyrir

Excuse me: fyrirgefou (accent grave over the o)

Do you speak english?: Talardu ensku (d in talardu as above)

I don't understand: Eg skil ekki

I have a pronunciation guide to the letters in my guidebook, but I'd like to know about emphasis, etc.

Amy, are you out there?

Thanks,

Patti
Patti is offline  
May 20th, 2004, 11:18 AM
  #2  
Amy
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,701
Hi, Patti!

The only Icelandic I know is that the "pregnant P" is pronounced as a th sound; that's about all I've needed as English is spoken fluently. As Icelandic is an old and "pure" language, the Icelanders seem quite resigned to no one else--not Finns, Swedes, or Norse, let alone Americans, knowing it. (Not that I wouldn't like to learn it, but I haven't really heard much of it spoken...)

Oh, Iceland itself--Island--is pronounced as Ees-luhnd, as is the Reykjavik hotel of the same name.

Sorry I couldn't help...maybe someone less phonetically challenged will be able to!


Amy is online now  
May 20th, 2004, 12:14 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 12,188
Here's a page that explains the pronunciation of the thorn (pregnant p) and eth (crossed d) letters:

http://briem.ismennt.is/2/2.1a/2.1.1.thorn.and.eth.htm

Icelandic has some similarities to Old English, and also to current Scandinavian languages.
WillTravel is offline  
May 20th, 2004, 12:52 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 46,954
Patti:

The TravLang website has Icelandic for travelers that you can hear on your computer. In my experience the voices they use are authentic native speakers, though I wouldn't be able to verify how authentic the Icelandic is.

Go to http://www.travlang.com/languages/#
StCirq is online now  
May 20th, 2004, 05:31 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 725
Patti

Amy is right- you don't need to speak any Icelandic to get by. I spent one week there with absolutely no problems. Usually, when I travel to Europe I want to at least know the polite words. That said, I have some Icelandic CD's of folk music - don't know the words but I enjoy the beautiful voices!
rj007 is offline  
May 21st, 2004, 05:23 AM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 309
HI,

Thanks Amy for your help yet again on all things Icelandic. Their tourism board should be paying you!

Thanks WillTravel and St. Cirq--I'll check out those websites.

I'm the same as you rj007--I'd just like to know how to say please and thank you as a courtesy, and I don't want to mangle pronunciation too much.

I'm leaving for Iceland on July 1. I can't wait! I'll post a trip report when I get back.

Thanks,

Patti
Patti is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Rachel_Castro
Africa & the Middle East
9
Mar 20th, 2012 07:42 AM
ladysmith
Europe
12
Oct 3rd, 2007 12:43 AM
julies
Europe
13
Jun 8th, 2006 08:48 AM
Equihands
Europe
33
Apr 13th, 2004 06:16 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:21 AM.