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14 Phrases to Know When Visiting Iceland

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Updated: 18 June 2017

Icelandic is a notoriously difficult language to grasp with all of the strange letters like þ, ð, æ, and ö lurking around. While very rare to find an Icelander under the age of 50 who does not speak fluent English, it is still helpful to at least try to know a few phrases to show some effort when visiting Iceland.

Afsakið

Pronounced: av-sah-kith

 

Bless

Pronounced: blehss

 

Ég tala ekki Íslensku

Pronounced: yeh tah-la ekkee ees-len-skew

 

Góðan daginn

Pronounced: goh-than dai-yen

 

Ég er grænmetisæta

Pronounced: yeh err grine-met-ees- aiytah

 

Hjálp, ég er týndur!

Pronounced: hyowlp yeh err teen-dur

 

Hvað kostar þetta?

Pronounced: hvahth kost-ar thet-ta

 

Hvar er klósett?

Pronounced: kvar err klow-set

 

Hvað segirðu?

Literal translation: What do you say?

Pronounced: kvahth say-yer-thoo

 

Já / Nei

Pronounced: yow / nay

Hvað er klukkan?

Pronounced: kvahth err klook-kahn

 

Get ég fengið matseðill?

Pronounced: geht yeh fehng-ith maht-seh-thitl

 

Takk

Pronounced: Tahkk

 

Verðu þér að góðu

Literal translation: May it serve you well.

Pronounced: vehr-thu thyair ahth goh-thu