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Going to Europe (again!)

In a little more than a week, I’ll be going to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago from Irún to Santiago de Compostela. I hope I’ll have lots of opportunities there to speak Spanish, German and Icelandic (if I’m very lucky) with other pilgrims. When I get back to Montreal, I’ll keep on practicing…

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Icelandic Declensions and Perfectionism

Speaking Icelandic sometimes feels like a hurdle race. Remembering words, conjugating verbs and declining nouns, adjectives and articles are the obstacles you have to overcome in order to speak well. Stumbling is inevitable but it should not stop you from reaching the finish line, or getting your message across. I have been working on italki…

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Arnaldur Indriðason

I’ve just finished Grafarþögn, my second Arnaldur Indriðason novel. To all the people out there learning Icelandic: Arnaldur Indriðason’s books are your best friends! Most of them are detective stories starring Erlendur, an Icelandic detective. Up to now I’ve read Kleifarvatn, Grafarþögn (my personal favourite) and I’ve seen Mýrin, a movie based on one of…

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An Icelandic-English bilingual text

Piltur og Stúlka (bilingual PDF) A few months ago I decided to put together the original version and the English translation of a famous Icelandic novel called Piltur og Stúlka (Lad and Lass). I had already started to read it and I found the story interesting but I had to use the dictionary so often that…

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Going to Europe!

I’m going to Europe tomorrow! I’ll be staying in Paris for 6-7 days and in Germany (Mainz, Berlin, Dresden and Munich) for three weeks. I have been learning German alongside Icelandic for about 6 months, ever since I decided to go there this summer. If you can read French, you should check out my other…