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Teach Yourself Icelandic Complete Course Package (Book + 2CDs) Paperback – Oct 14 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Oct. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071418962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071418966
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,193,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Hildur Jonsdottir has taught beginners' courses in Icelandic for two years at the University of Cambridge.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An up-to-date introduction to modern Icelandic March 16 2005
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're traveling to the land of glaciers and geysers and want to learn practical Icelandic before the trip, this book/CD set is just what you need. Unlike other many other Icelandic courses that tend to throw tons of declension and conjugation paradigms at their readers, Jonsdottir's work presents all grammatical material in immediately-useful and up-to-date structures (conversations and exercises). Noun and adjective declensions are presented gradually, and tons of serviceable vocabulary pervade the book's 16 chapters. Although perhaps not as grammatically rigorous as some other English texts on learning Icelandic, the book covers all the necessary grammar for correct modern speech, and the set serves well its purpose of teaching basic-to-intermediate communication in Icelandic to speakers of English. The accompanying CD's are indispensable, and the actors' voices and their pronunciations thereon are perfectly clear.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Introduction Sept. 1 2008
By Thomas Artin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a surprisingly well-conceived and compact introduction to colloquial Icelandic, a grammatically complex language. Enough grammar is included to clarify the practical, idiomatic conversational patterns, and the grammar is measured out thoughtfully, as the lessons proceed. Very helpful is the the appendix with bibliography and resources for further study. Hildur Jonsdottir has done a terrific job with this minimal package. My only suggestion for improvement would be to beef up the glossary, and include gender indications for nouns.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes learning Icelandic easy! Sept. 4 2008
By Crystal C. Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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Though it moves at a fast pace, this course pack makes learning Icelandic easer than I have imagined and experienced. It's great for pronunciation, and once you have a go, you gain the ability to speak, understand, read and write the language. Something I wasn't able to do well before. :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teach Yourself Icelandic April 10 2007
By Brittany Dudas - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not completed this course yet, but I have looked ahead. This is an excellent resource to start learning Icelandic. It starts out with pronounciation and works you through simple questions like What is your name? to more complex sentences and words. Cases and gender are introduced right at the beginning.This is a great resource and I recommend it for those who want to start learning Icelandic.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource! May 6 2006
By Ash H. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent resource for those who want to learn the language of the Icelanders. I am very impressed at the tight relationship between the book and the CD's. Lessons on the CD follow exactly those in the book.

After only using this course for a month, I already have a greater understanding of the cases of words (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive) than I ever had in 3 years of studying German. The course materials naturally flow from basic conversation (What is your name? My name is....) into more and more complex sentences, and explain in-depth the case changes as they become relevant.

If I had one recommendation for this course, I would suggest more time within the CD lessons to repeat what has been said in Icelandic. There is very little space given to practice saying the words on your own, and you may find you need to manually pause the CD in order to say the words. Since the CD lessons are conversational, this can become frustrating over time.