Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Icelandic with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442397002
  • Availability: In Stock: Available for immediate download
  • List Price: $119.95

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Icelandic

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Icelandic will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- over 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Icelandic designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- in total, over 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in Icelandic, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included beginning in Lesson 11 providing you with an introduction to reading Icelandic. These lessons, which total one hour and fifteen minutes, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation

In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary

Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall

Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning

You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context

Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation

The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Icelandic Language
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 which 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) or, literally, "number prophet".

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (10)
  • Portable (7)
  • Perfects accent (6)
  • Fun (5)

Cons

  • No writing component (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Fun (9)
  • Travel (9)
  • Self-improvement (7)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
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    • Traveler (7), Student (5)

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Great resource for learning Icelandic.

Recently I went on a trip to Sweden and Iceland, and even though just about everyone there speaks English, I wanted to prepare myself by learning the local languages to at least say a...Read complete review

Recently I went on a trip to Sweden and Iceland, and even though just about everyone there speaks English, I wanted to prepare myself by learning the local languages to at least say a few words and phrases. After having success with Pimsleur Swedish, I decided to try the Icelandic series to continue my learning. I always heard that Icelandic was basically a continuation of Old Norse that remained as close to the language from as far back as 1000-1300 CE. Just imagine a language still written and possibly spoken similarly as back then. As an adult language lover, I like to think of myself as a quasi-expert when it comes to finding the right programs, books, etc., to at least master the basics in a new language. Although previous languages I have studied had plenty of material (Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Swedish), Icelandic was the exception to that. All I had was an old Icelandic grammar, and nothing could really be found online to hear common daily Icelandic being spoken.

That's why I am more than pleased for the lessons in Pimsleur Icelandic. The language is not easy in pronunciation or vocabulary like other Scandinavian languages (such as Swedish). And of course, Icelandic is like German in that they use case endings on words. But, since Icelandic also chooses to keep vocab pure by using original roots, there also lacks many loan words easily available to non-Icelandic speakers. But the constant review of vocabulary was extremely effective, and helped me perfect even my rudimentary attempts at pronunciation. Currently I have only made it half way through the series (to lesson 15), and even though my trip has ended, I will continue the remaining lessons. I had such a great trip that I want to return with an even better understanding of Icelandic!

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ICELANDIC LANGUAGE

So far I like it. It is very difficult to obtain ICELANDIC language courses. However, I wish Pimsleur would add additional levels. I do find that the native speakers pronounce the words a ...Read complete review

So far I like it. It is very difficult to obtain ICELANDIC language courses. However, I wish Pimsleur would add additional levels. I do find that the native speakers pronounce the words a bit different when speaking whole sentences, than when introducing a new word. I do not know if the normal speed of the native speakers is like the teaching we receive. I hope to develop a good pronunciation

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5.0

Waiting for next levels!

By Anna

from Reykjavik

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3:

    I moved to Iceland some time ago so I need to learn Icelandic language (obvious :)). Pimsleur Icelandic lvl 1 is REALLY helpful as a very beginning of learning the language. Most important - I learned the sound of the language and it became much more accessible than before.
    I thought that I will never learn it, but now I know it is just a matter of time.

    One con - sometimes I needed to play some parts again and again because it was too fast.

     
    4.0

    Great resource for learning Icelandic!

    By Kristine

    from Connecticut

    About Me Traveler

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand some pronouciations
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3:

    There are so few resources for Icelandic, and this really helped get me started. I'm only starting lesson 7 but I already speak way more Icelandic than I ever thought I could! Having said that, I'm glad I have Icelandic friends because I find many of the pronunciations in this difficult to understand, and I think more explanation of the sounds is warranted (and perhaps compare to sounds in English words to make it easier.) Also, some of the words are very old-fashioned - an Icelandic woman in her 60s told me that one word for "good and well" was something her grandmother would have said, not even her mother. While I think this is an excellent resource, more resources for Icelandic are warranted. While no one really needs to speak Icelandic to get around Iceland, it is really nice to show respect to the local people by speaking a little of their language. I'd love an accompanying phrasebook and also a Level 2!

     
    5.0

    It is truly excellent!

    By Gary K

    from Washington DC

    About Me Government employee, Military personnel, Traveler

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3:

      The method really helped me get a solid start learning Icelandic. I have been struggling with it at my own pace and this has rocketed me forward. Thank you!

       
      5.0

      Good Beginning

      By Cory

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3:

      I am a professor of language at the George Washington University. I consider Pimsleur the best option for those who cannot take classes in person. Pronunciation is emphasized and the use of graduated interval recall insures that students learn the material. Topics introduced are practical. It is by no means and end to learning language, but it serves as a good beginning.

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      4.0

      Great programs for confidence building

      By bob

      from danbury, CT

      About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No writing component
      • there should be a script of the basic dialogs!!

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Icelandic Level 1 MP3:

      Pimsleur products provide quick and impactful, confidence building dialog capability. You are quickly learning essentials from native speakers.. I love the fact that Im not tied to my computer, and in general, as a pretty devoted language learner, I don't really need books and grammar included. I can find that stuff elswhere..... but you very quickly get a feel for the cadence of the language, the basics, in an easy delivery method

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      Got the download immediately. Like the app a lot (most of my other purchases are CD's) . Is there a way to trade in the CD's for the MP3" download?

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      After completing Rosetta Stone, I still coundn't really SAY anything, I knew vocabulary but struggled with making up sentences and conversing. Pimsleur is great at forcing me to recall phrases and sentences, really allowing me to converse more effectively. Pimsleur also does a much better job with grammar.
      Jackeye from Anchorage Alaska