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Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 Lessons 1-5

Learn to Speak and Understand Icelandic with Pimsleur Language Programs
By: Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Series: Pimsleur Icelandic, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!

This course includes lessons 1 through 5 from the Icelandic Level 1 program, featuring 2.5 hours of language instruction. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Icelandic. A user's guide is included.

Icelandic, the official language of Iceland, is spoken by the island nation's entire population of just over 330,000. In addition, approximately 8,000 speakers live in Denmark and 6,500 in North America. Descended from Old Norse, Icelandic is one of the Nordic languages belonging to a subgroup of Northern Germanic languages that also includes Norwegian and Faroese (spoken in the remote Faroe Islands off the coast of Denmark). The insular Icelandic language has not changed significantly since the Middle Ages and is considered a part of the country's national identity. The government's Icelandic Language Committee, charged with maintaining linguistic purism, keeps foreign words from influencing the language by coining new terms (usually constructed by combining old words) to describe modern concepts. For example, the word computer did not exist in Icelandic, so a new word, tölva, was created. Tölva is a combination of two existing words, tala (number) and völva (a prophetess or magical seer), so it means, literally, "number prophet".

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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Great Icelandic Course!

I have tried many CDs and apps to learn Icelandic. The Pimsleur is by far the best! I have family members who speak Icelandic and I have picked up a little over the years, but I want to learn more. Other courses I have tried just offered disjointed vocabulary, or basic phrases. I never felt like I was learning to have a conversation or learning the grammar. However, with this program I feel I am learning both and I am thrilled!

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Good content but pronunciation guidance needs work

Like most Pimsleur courses, this is pretty good. But a lot of words get clipped in Icelandic. Either the speakers should enunciate or the narration should provide a clearer guide where words run together.

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Islandic is pretty difficult!!!

This is soo difficult and soooo much fun! I am thoroughly enamored with Pimsleur language learning programs. The changes in Japanese and French words were more easily deciphered. Icelandic not so easily distinguished. We'll see when I get there.

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Good for Commute

Perfect for listening and practicing during your daily commute. Usually not a big fan of audio only learning but this one is actually pretty good. I will be getting the next one.

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This is the best way to learn

I've had plenty of of language tutorials, and this is the best I've had by far for audio. Even though I didn't listen to the instructions and was a little distracted each time (whether I'm driving or doing housework), I had good recall after listening to the lessons the second or third time.

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Don't Waste Your Time & Money

This program is purely call and response! Scientifically, repetition is the absolute worst way to learn, and coupled with Pimsleur's failure to explain the what or why's of Icelandic vocabulary and grammar, this program is essentially a waste. You may feel like you're speaking Icelandic, but you're just repeating sounds.

If you're genuinely interested in learning Icelandic, I recommend the University of Iceland's free Icelandic Online courses. If you're looking for useful phrases for your Icelandic vacation, this course won't have you memorize any, and that's unnecessary anyway because all Icelanders learn English in school.

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  • Avid_Eva, Kent
  • 05-20-19

Hlusta og Endurtaka! Listen & Repeat

How well you get on with Pimsleur might depend on your learning style. If 'listen and repeat' works for you then you'll hit the ground running with this series. If, however, you are more of a visual learner, you might find not being able to see the words you're saying hampers your progress. I fall into the latter category and hence my first attempts with Pimsleur Icelandic were not crowned with splendour, shall we say?! I chose to work in a couple of phone apps instead and progressed reasonably, and could make myself understood in a basic way on a recent visit to Iceland. However, my problem was in understanding any answers! But everyone was very encouraging, and one Belgian guy suggested Pimsleur and I told him why I hadn't got on with it before. But when I got home I thought now I know more of the words and pronunciations/spelling, I might get on better with it and be able to 'see' the words better in my mind, and it's just sitting there on my Audible so why not? I had a few consecutive days with time enough spare to spend half hours listening and repeating, and it went much better. How I will manage when they introduce new words that I'm unfamiliar with I'm not sure, but that initial hurdle has been overcome for me. The narrator amuses me because he reminds me of William Shatner so it's nice to think I'm being taught by Kirk 😆 The native speakers are male and female, reasonably clear, and not too exaggeratedly slow (except when they're breaking down the words for you) which is good, because no amount of book prep can prepare you for the speed at which Icelanders speak, nor the way they have of blurring the words together and dropping off letters that you painstakingly learned and pronounced all of! But I guess we all do that in our native languages. If any further recommendation is required...I've bought the next set - so you can't have any better praise than that, can you?! I just wish they were 10 lessons each for one of my previous audible credits, not only five. If you've read this far, I'll just explain the only reason I dropped the 5th star was down to the possible issue for some with the learning styles as previously mentioned.

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  • Scottish-Mermaid
  • 02-05-18

Excellent

I’m really enjoying this. I can feel it working my brain out and I cannot wait to progress. I’m definitely sticking with this. The repetition is a great way to get this stuck in the brain but also not in a monotonous way — I like that it focuses solely on listening and speaking at this stage.

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  • Nicko
  • 01-28-19

Hands down the best language audiobook I've used!

Haven't had great experiences with language audiobooks before, but glad I gave this a chance. it teaches language instead of a vocab list. Challenged me to learn and switched me back to familiar material every time I started to feel overwhelmed. And come the next day's lesson, I found I had actually learned the material I'd thought beyond me.