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Frankfurt and Back via Icelandair

November 29, 2011

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I’m fresh off the plane from my 8th trip to Germany. And eight times is purely because my mom is from Langenselbold, a city suburb of Frankfurt.  This time instead of stopping in Copenhagen, Denmark via SAS (which has since been cancelled) and hopping over to Frankfurt, we took Icelandair and stopped in Keflavik.  It was my heaven since I got to listen to Icelandic for 11 hours each way, watch Icelandic movies and play language games from Berlitz in-flight.

I fell in love with Iceland when I visited five years ago and even before I ever went there, I was completely taken by the fascinating language, which is still almost exactly the same as it was spoken by Vikings 800 years ago.  To hear Icelandic you might as well listen to their most famous export – Björk:

I attempted to learn some Icelandic through the Talk Now! software program, but since it bases everything around the theory of learning languages like a child – learning colors, days of the week and numbers first and foremost – it wasn’t the easiest program to stick with.  I got bored pretty quickly.  The other catch is that Icelandic has some soft sounds that are extremely difficult to hear on a fuzzy speaker.  I even went so far as to look into actual classroom lessons since there’s a large Scandinavian population here in Seattle, but I just couldn’t work the times the classes were offered into my schedule.  I haven’t completely ruled it out yet though.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2011 1:54 pm

    I would love to go to Iceland someday. It looks amazing!!

    • November 29, 2011 2:29 pm

      I’m completely in love with it and interestingly, it’s the one country that every person who’s been (at least that I’ve run into) also says it tops their favorite places list. It’s just that different and memorable.

  2. Joey Nguyen permalink
    November 30, 2011 6:49 pm

    Wow!!~~ 8 Times?! Amazing! And the picture of Iceland is quite the opposite when I first think of ICEland. I’m thinking eskimos, snow fields, ice caps and igloos, not one woman taking a bath all by herself with green hills haha. That’s pretty cool though, I think you totally should take up “Icelandic?” It’ll throw my head for a spin, that’s for sure :P. But otherwise you got pretty good practice in German and a little French, yeah?

    • December 1, 2011 8:37 am

      Iceland was covered in snow when I passed through on my way home, so its still somewhat true to its name. BUT, I remember reading somewhere that Iceland was named Iceland to throw off people from moving there way back when and Greenland, which is actually the iceberg country, is the one you don’t want to end up in.

      I had lots of ear training in German with some conversational practice, but none in French – my cousin who does speak French didn’t say very much and spent majority of the time in her own little world with her Dora the Explorer toys. I’ve been out of my lessons for a couple weeks now with the traveling, which means I’m buckling down again with new vigor. I will become fluent, dammit! Or at least literate. One of the two.

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