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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

According to Beyond Highbrow – Robert Lindsay, Icelandic is very hard to learn, much harder than Norwegian, German or Swedish. Part of the problem is pronunciation. The grammar is harder than German ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

Other people have already commented on why Icelandic is hard for English speakers. Here are some reasons why it is easy compared to other languages: Icelandic has a relatively huge pop culture, some ...
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What free, high-quality, mobile course apps are there for learning Icelandic?

There are a number of Anki decks for Icelandic: https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/icelandic They are flashcard decks with no glorification. The deck https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/257529691 , 6500 ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

The first thing that comes to mind is that in Norwegian and Danish, for example, verbs are only conjugated according to tense, and are the same for every person - this renders the language even ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

Then there's one thing you're forgetting: actual modern Icelandic and fast-spoken Icelandic. I'm no genius in the verbs and tenses and whatnot but I can tell you this: Icelandic gets harder by the ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

It has deceptively superficial similarities with English and German. It's closer to the Scandinavian languages, but it's much more complex than any of them. Like German, Icelandic has three genders ...
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