Read the following self introductions from two Icelanders who are telling about themselves, what languages they speak, where their family comes from and what their names are. There will of course be some new words in these introductions that you will not be familiar with. Try to use your prior English knowledge to figure out some of the meanings. Write down words that you definitely cannot figure out or understand, and read the vocabulary box below. Once you have read over the vocabulary, try to read again the introductions for a better understanding and comprehension.
heiti, heitir - my name is, his/her name is (from að heita) frá - from Íslandi - Iceland (dative form of Ísland) tala, talar - I speak, he/she speaks (from að tala) íslensku - Icelandic (accusative form of íslenska) dönsku - Danish (accusative form of danska) ensku - English (accusative form of enska) litla - a little (accusative feminine form of lítill) þýsku - German (accusative form of þýska) Mamma mín - my mum líka - also, too Pabbi minn - my dad kemur - comes (from að koma) Írlandi - Ireland (dative form of Írland) írsku - Irish Gaelic (accusative form of írska) að læra - learning, to learn menntaskóla - Icelandic High School (accusative form of menntaskóli) spænsku - Spanish (accusative form of spænska) Jæja, gaman að hitta ykkur - Well, nice to meet you all sem móðurmál - as a mother tongue norsku - Norwegian (accusative form of norska) frönsku - French (accusative form of franska) ítölsku - Italian (accusative form of ítalska) maður minn - my husband (literally: my man, eiginmaður means husband also) Noregi - Norway (dative form of Noregur) Hann talar ekki ensku - He doesn't speak English búum - we live (from að búa, to live) saman - together í Reykjavík - in Reykjavík (the capital of Iceland)