Examples of the
Icelandic Language
I admit to being terrible with all languages, except for English,
my native tongue.  Icelandic presents such difficult words that
I started to photograph them, first on signs, and then much
better in a supermarket.  For correct pronunciation of scenic
places in the video, I often turned to my ever-helpful guide.

Also clear from the video is that a great many Icelanders learn
English quite well in school, thus able to communicate with
the outside world.

So here are some photographic examples of Icelandic as
written for supermarket shoppers.  The stills are silent, but
speak for themselves.    
I do not mean to insult Icelanders, whose tolerance
for my questions in English about Norse gods is a
video highlight.

But Icelandic seemed to me, as a tourist, far more
difficult than other languages using Roman letters.
And correct
I do not mean to insult Icelanders, whose tolerance
for my questions in English about Norse gods is a
video highlight.

But Icelandic seemed to me, as a tourist, far more
difficult than other languages using Roman letters.
And correct
I do not mean to insult Icelanders, whose tolerance
for my questions in English about Norse gods is a
video highlight.

But Icelandic seemed to me, as a tourist, far more
difficult than other languages using Roman letters.
And correct pronunciation by my guide made the
language problem appear even worse.

My view was later confirmed by t-shirts offered as
souvenirs that also made fun of Icelandic, and they
are in the video.
If you have a high speed internet connection,
watch the Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's complete,
free video of this trip, "Land of Lava, Waterfalls
and Glaciers", by clicking on
http://www.
adventurepics.com/IBE/video1.aspx?VF=Iceland.
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