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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: #1,076,725 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: HASH(0x9b8dbfcc) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b96763c) 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.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b967864) 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.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b967948) out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Oct. 22 2006
By Lilly J. Ostrove - Published on Amazon.com
I've had a fascination with Icelandic for a while now, and I've tried many books. The Colloquial books suck. period, the end. Don't buy the Colloquial Icelandic book. They just MENTION case very late in the book, and just throw a giant chart at you and have only ONE exercise.

This book is jsut the opposite. It gently introduces the topic of case at the beginning, and it is discussed throughout the entire book. The CDs are excellent. Icelandic is a hard langauge, and not learnable in one book, but this book gets you pretty darn close.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b967abc) out of 5 stars Recommended only for weekend travellers... Sept. 21 2006
By Jae - Published on Amazon.com
My husband is Icelandic, and unfortunately this book was NO help at all... It's perfectly fine for the traveller, but in trying to live everyday life, conversing with new family members forget it. I would have liked to have seen a more comprehensive grammatical section, something that was laid out in something easy to look at and understand. If you are quite serious about learning this language I would honestly recommend saving the 20 bucks and buying the bit more expensive Colloquial Icelandic. For me at least, it's quite easier to understand, has complete grammatical charts in the back, as well as a fairly decent dictionary... Again, if you are only learning for business trips and such, then this would be a good option... For those of us actually moving there, her book is not so good...
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b967dec) out of 5 stars Great language to study--Helps those studying Old Norse too Jan. 29 2006
By James R. Cornett - Published on Amazon.com
Great language pack. Not only is it useful to teach basic Icelandic; but also great for those studying Old Norse for either a hobby or a religious language (Asatru, Heathni, etc.)

The two languages are similar so it should not be all that difficult. Also great for reading Newspapers on the web in Icelandic.

Over all, a great product from a company that knows language.