Basic Conversation in Icelandic

Basic Conversation in Icelandic 2017-07-21T10:19:05+00:00

Now let’s learn some basic Icelandic conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Icelandic.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Icelandic“.

Basic Icelandic words & phrases: conversations

Basic conversation

EnglishIcelandicPronunciation
(Audio)
yes
no
nei
please / you’re welcome
takk
ekkert að þakka

you’re very welcome
gjörðu svo vel
thank you
takk fyrir
thank you very much
þakka þér kærlega fyrir
thanks
takk
Excuse me!
Afsakið!

Communication

EnglishIcelandicPronunciation
(Audio)
I understand.
Ég skil.
I don’t understand.
Ég skil ekki.
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
Halló?
Hvað segirðu?

What does that mean?
Hvað þýðir það?
I don’t know.
Ég veit það ekki.
I don’t speak Polish.
Ég tala ekki pólsku.
I speak a little Polish.
Ég tala smá pólsku.
Do you speak English? (informal)
Talarðu ensku?
Do you speak English? (formal)
Talarðu ensku?
Yes, I do speak English.
Já, ég tala ensku.
No, I don’t speak English.
Nei, ég tala ekki ensku.

Making acquaintances

EnglishIcelandicPronunciation
(Audio)
Please talk more slowly!
Talaðu hægar, takk!
Nice to meet you!
Gaman að kynnast þér!
How are you?
Hvernig hefur þú það?
Good, thank you!
Gott, takk!
I’m well, thanks!
Ég hef það gott, takk!
Not bad, thanks!
Fínt, takk!
very bad
mjög slæmt
What’s your name?
Hvað heitir þú?
My name is [...].
Ég heiti [...].
What’s your first name?
Hvað heitir þú? [4]
My first name is [...]
Ég heiti [...].
How old are you?
Hvað ertu gamall? (m), Hvað ertu gömul? (f)
I’m [...] years old.
Ég er [...] ára.
What are your hobbies?
Hvað gerirðu í frítíma þínum?
What do you like doing?
Hvað finnst þér gaman að gera?
What are you doing (at the moment)?
Hvað ertu að gera (í augnablikinu)?
Where do you live?
Hvar býrðu?
I live in [...].
Ég bý í [...] (m), Ég bý á [...]. (f)
I’m from England
Ég er frá Englandi
I’m English
Ég er enskur (m), Ég er ensk (f)

Notes:

1 Icelanders always use first names, so this is not a question anyone would ask in Iceland.

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