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Hildur Jonsottir
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Book Description

24 Sep 2010 144410537X 978-1444105377 Box Pck Pa

Are you looking for a complete course in Icelandic which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Icelandic will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.


Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.


Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.


Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.


Extra online articles at: to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Iceland.


Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

The course is available as a book (9781444105360), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444105377) and as a double CD (9781444105384).

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Box Pck Pa edition (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: Icelandic
  • ISBN-10: 144410537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444105377
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 5.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Icelandic. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444105360) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444105384) are also sold individually.

About the Author

Hildur Jónsdóttir studied Linguistics and Modern Icelandic and has taught Icelandic at the University of Cambridge.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing view on Icelandic 21 Jun 2004
By Daniel
After the original Teach Yourself Icelandic, its nice to see that what was once highly impenitrable is now highly accesible. This book is excellent for the grounding of basic language and is truly worthy of "teach yourself" status. NO previous knowledge is required at all.
However, this book is not really suitable for advanced students, for example, the subjunctive is not addressed and there are no extended texts (although there are suggestions for further study). However, for beginners, it is excellent. Dialogues are of an everyday nature and are realistic. A lot of vocabulary is also provided, with a mini-dictionary at the back. Excersises are provided throughout with full answers at the back. The excersises are traditional "fill in the gaps", and are usually aimed at getting the reader to speak aloud and gain confidence.
A very enjoyable read providing a good starting point and a chance to brush up on the basics.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 4 Oct 2006
By Barry
Format:Audio CD
I've tried a few times to crack Icelandic and it's hard work. Sometimes you feel every verb is irregular. However, doing this book I had a lot of 'oh, I get it now' moments! Don't think you can learn this language without having a good go at the grammar, you can't. But this author is really good at explaining how things work and at giving you little tips. It's a really good way to start off learning Icelandic.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best. 30 Sep 2007
Whether to buy this book or not depends entirely upon what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. If you want to achieve an extremely high standard akin to that of taking a proper course at a university or equivalent, then this book is not your first port of call. If, however, you are planning a trip for holiday, business or something that requires a thorough knowledge of the basics and a comfortable feel with the language, then this is exactly what you want.

Icelandic is extremely hard to learn and possesses an ancient and hugely complex grammar which for the casual language learner is almost a joke. Words can often have over a dozen forms and these forms are integral to the sentence, which means a lot of memorising by repetition. This book introduces this large amount of grammar gradually and very clearly. It is well paced and it doesn't seem daunting which is useful when trying to handle inflections, and after a while you find that everything falls into place. The dialogues are good and as useful as language books ever are, and everything is done with a sense of fun which takes the pressure off a bit.

There is one major drawback to this book, and this is the CD. I understand that this is a very different language and it does require a bit more patience, but these dialogues are spoken so slowly that they are actually unhelpful. Soon after studying Icelandic and Iceland you will come to realise that, sadly, Icelanders speak very very fast and they don't slow down to help you out a lot of the time, and if they do this is still fast. These dialogues are so unrealistic in their pace of speaking that while you learn good pronunciation, you lack a realistic ability to keep up. I was saddened to see that this pace did not pick up much even in later chapters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Very Useful Resource 31 July 2009
This book is absolutely excellent for anyone trying to learn a good amount of Icelandic, and gain a very good grounding of Icelandic grammar. The book starts of with the basics, then moves on briskly into the more complex structures, with useful vocabulary given on the way. The CD then gives the learner lots of practice of listening to and understanding Icelandic. If followed, the course will give any learner confidence to communicate effectively when vistiting Iceland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what more could you ask for? 13 July 2010
By An
ive been trying to learn icelandic for a while and this is the book for it! teaches you the vocabulary and useful expresions for comon events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic course 26 Sep 2011
By David
Icelandic can be a very difficult language to learn for me, with its enourmous amount of grammer etc. In English we have pretty much one word for everything but in Icelandic the word changes all the time so it can feel like trying to learn 2 or 3 languages. This course is about the best I have found, mainly I have struggled to find a course to study at home so this course is certainly where you can start to learn Icelandic. I do not think I would be so bold as to say "Complete Icelandic"
Everybody speaks Engish in Iceland anyway so just go and visit and enjoy it (-:
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