Colloquial Icelandic

Colloquial Icelandic : The Complete Course for Beginners

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Colloquial Icelandic provides a step-by-step course in Icelandic as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Icelandic in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skillsstructured, jargon-free explanations of grammaran extensive range of focused and stimulating exercisesrealistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenariosuseful vocabulary lists throughout the textadditional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues.

This second edition has been extensively updated and revised throughout, and includes up-to-date cultural information, an enhanced index, an expanded glossary and completely new audio recordings.

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Icelandic will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Icelandic.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages and at the Intermediate-High on the ACTFL proficiency scales.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 21.59mm | 500g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 1138949736
  • 9781138949737
  • 380,571

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"Ideal for beginners and brushers-up alike, this enlarged and updated edition is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to the essentials of Modern Icelandic, combining the teaching of the language at every stage with useful tips on day-to-day living in Iceland: food and drink, where to stay, how to get about, and how to ask intelligent questions about Icelandic history, culture, and geography. An undoubted `must' for travellers to Iceland, whether as first-time or returning visitors!" Rory McTurk, University of Leeds, UK

"Neijmann's Colloquial Icelandic will both navigate you towards advanced communication skills and familiarize you with many specific Icelandic language concepts. It is comprehensive and extremely user-friendly at the same time-a must for a language as complex as Icelandic. For a self-study kit, it is as close as you can get to having your own private teacher and native guide to the local culture." Silvie Cinkova, Charles University in Prague, The Czech Republic
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction. The sounds and letters of Icelandic. 1 Velkomin til Islands!Welcome to Iceland! 2. Hvadan ert thu?Where are you from? 3. Hvert foerum vid? Where are we going? 4 Eg aetla ad fa . . . Hvad verdur thetta mikid? I would like to get . . . How much will that be? 5. Foet Clothing 6. A ferd og flugi On the move 7. Daglegt lif Daily life 8. Verdi ther ad godu! Enjoy your meal! 9. Fjoelskyldur Families 10. Stefnumot Appointments 11. Gisting Accommodation 12. Tomstundir Spare time 13. Island Iceland 14. Saga og thjod Story, history and people 15. Hoefud, herdar, hne og taer Head and shoulders, knees and toes 16. Gangi ther vel! Good luck!Grammar Summary. Glossary of grammatical terms. Key to exercises. Glosses of reading passages. Icelandic-English glossary. English-Icelandic glossary. Index
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