I doubt there is much interest, but I figured I'd make a thread anyway.
I've been teaching myself Icelandic for awhile (about 3 years) and I am making pretty impressive progress.
I have managed to understand Icelandic songs by listening to them and withOUT seeing the lyrics.
I made a few errors, obviously, but I have been pretty darn successful, I think.
Here some sample Icelandic sentences:
Ég er frá Ísland.
I am from Iceland.
Við erum ekki frá Ísland.
We are not from Iceland.
Gætirðu vinsamlegast hlústar að mér?
Could you please listen to me?
Hvert ertu að fara?
Where are you going?
Hvað ertu að gera?
What are you doing?
Þetta grasker hefur gefa fæd að kanína.
That pumpkin just gave birth to a rabbit.
Ég skil ekki.
I don't understand.
Ég veit ekki.
I don't know.
Hvað ertu að segja?
What are you saying?
Do you speak English?
Hann fannst kött þínn!
He found your cat!
Ég finnst Íslandski er fallegt.
I think Icelandic is beautiful.
(Saying this to an Icelander will win their hearts over; Icelanders are very proud of their culture, their island, and their language).
Ég vil að borða brauði, svo ég er að fara að borða brauði.
I want to eat bread, so I am going to eat bread.
As for tips for Icelandic pronounciation:
a is pronounced like the "a" in "father"
o is pronounced like the "o" in "sofa"
er is pronouced like "air" or "ere" in "there"
e is pronounced like "e" in "best"
ú is pronounced like "oo" in "boot"
í is pronounced like "ea" in "sea" or "ee" in "see"
au is pronounced similarly to "oy" in "boy", but it isnt quite the same. It's sort of "higher". Don't round your lips as much when saying "oy", & that will hring you close
æ is pronounced like "y" in "sky" or "ie" in "die"
á is pronounced like "ou" in "out" or "ow" in "bow" (i mean the front of a boat, not the frilly thing you put on a present).
é is hard to explain. It's like…sort of like "ye" in "yes". It's like having the Icelandic letter "í" smoothly followed by the Icelandic letter "e".
T, D, L, and N are all pronounced with the tip of the tongue on the back of the top front teeth, instead of the roof of the mouth.
S is never pronounced like a "z".
i is pronounced like "i" in "kill"
Ð or ð is pronounced like "th" in "that", "there", and "this"
Þ or þ is pronounced like "th" in "bath" or "thick"
Hv is pronounced like "kv". Don't ask why, I have no idea.
fn is pronounced like "bn". Same as above.
f in the middle of a word is often pronounced like "v" as in "evil"
f at the beginning of a word is often pronounced like "f" as in father.
r is rolled
G is really scary and complicated. Sometimes it is pronounced like "g" as in "gun". Other times it is pronounced like "ch" in "loch", which is that "Kh" sound in Irish and Hebrew, except in Icelandic it is softer. Other times it is pronounced like a "k" as in "kill" or "key". Sometimes it is pronounced as "y" as in "you". And sometimes it isn't pronounced at all.
ei is pronounced like "ay" in "say"
j is pronounced like "y" in "you"
ll is pronounced "tl". The Icelandic word "falla", the verb for fall, is pronounced "FAT-la". Its actually not quite pronounced like "tl". This one is extremely hard to understand (& explain) without being able to hear it.
Here's something a bit odd:
Svo (which means so) is proncounced "shvoh". The "sh" sound does pop up in Icelandic, but i am not sre what the rules are…I also have not idea about the "ch" sound, but "ts" at the beginning of a word i think sometimes does it.
IMPORTANT: Just about every word in Icelandic has the emphasis or stress on the first syllable.
Here is one exception (it might be the only one I know): kanína (rabbit).
The stress in "kanína" is on the second syllable.
Note that accents do NOT indicate where the stress of the word is. They are used for different vowel sounds, as expressed above.