Are you looking for an Icelandic course with live classes or that you can follow at your own pace?
This Icelandic course is for students who do not live in the Greater Reykjavik area, cannot sign up for one of the classroom group courses in the afternoon/evening, or prefer to learn at home or in their office.
The classes take place in an online classroom with a whiteboard and options to share the screen with the students. We all see and listen to each other as if we were in a brick-and-mortar classroom.
You only need a computer or tablet (or a cellphone, which is probably less comfortable) and a quality Internet connection. We recommend a headset with a microphone, but it is optional.
You can’t join us for a class, or the timetable doesn’t suit you? 📺
No problem, you can watch the recording. These are available until after a month after the course is over. This feature is helpful for students who work shifts or have a job with changing hours.
✅ Online classes, save time and money on commuting ⌚🚗🚌
✅ Small groups, no more than ten students in live classes 🔝
✅ Bonuses: This Icelandic course has several bonuses for its students. Keep reading to find out more 💰
❌No more class binging so that your trip to the school makes sense. Let’s take advantage of IT 💻
❌ If you live in Iceland, how much money is not knowing Icelandic costing you? 💸
✅ This course’s online format makes having one class at a time possible. This way, you can assimilate the content gradually and use all your attention in each class.
Onsite courses often teach two classes or more in a row (intensive Icelandic courses) because it doesn’t make sense to teach only one when you have already made a trip to the school.
Teaching more than one class at a time is not the most optimal arrangement from a pedagogical point of view. As teachers, this is one of the first things we learn as students of Education in Psychology. However, schools insist on offering intensive courses and double and triple classes for organizational reasons (not because it’s the best way to learn). Keeping your attention for that long and using the following classes well is challenging. Concentration drops after 40 minutes.
Also, the course finishes too quickly, but you need more time to digest what you are learning. Icelandic is a language that requires time to assimilate.
With online teaching, you just need to click on a link to enter the class. Say goodbye to using time and money to commute to a brick-and-mortar language school.
ℹ This Icelandic course is taught in English but is open to people whose primary language may be another. Spanish speakers: You may want to join this same course taught in Spanish.
ℹ Este curso se enseña en inglés pero está abierto a personas cuya primera lengua puede ser otra. Alumnos hispanohablantes: quizá queráis apuntaros a este mismo curso impartido en español.
Contents and competencies in Icelandic 2:
The course’s aim is that you know enough Icelandic to feel comfortable in a series of daily life situations. It is especially relevant for those who have just arrived in Iceland or before moving to the country. Classes introduce vocabulary and grammar progressively. Do not worry about grammar; we will go through those contents slowly, which appear in connection to the vocabulary and skills contents we are learning. Everything is understandable (if someone does not understand something, it can be explained again 🙂).
- Recap of Icelandic I with introductions (knowing how to say what your name is, where you are from, which languages you speak, your job, etc.) Describing people.
- Home. Vocabulary about housing. Describing the different parts of a home, furniture, etc. Expressing where objects are in space. Shopping. Numbers up to billions (thousands of millions). Salaries.
- Work and daily routines. Timetables. Word order in sentences. Weekends. Keeping a journal.
- Direction and movement. Invitations. The weather. Seasons.
- Interests and hobbies. Mood, feelings, and sensations.
- Service in food shops, clothes shops, gas stations, and repair shops. Objects. Asking for permission.
- Holidays. What’s allowed and not. Wellbeing. Expressing discomfort. Medical symptoms. Getting an appointment at a health clinic. Notifying your workplace about sick days. Vocabulary for the workplace.
- Trips and plans. Timetables and frequencies. Opening a bank account. Answering the phone.
- Recap and self-assessment.
Skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Level 2 is the last part of the A1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. By the end of this course, you’ll finish the A1 level after achieving the following skills (which you had already started learning in Icelandic 1).
The general description of the A1 level as it appears on Wikipedia is this:
- Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
- Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
And specifically for each ability:
I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly
I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
💬🗨 Spoken interaction:
I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I’m trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
🗯 Spoken production:
I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
My name is Fernán González Domingo, and I teach this Icelandic course. I hold a BA in Icelandic as a Second Language, a three-year diploma as a Specialist Teacher in Foreign Language (English), and an MA in Intercultural Communication, Interpretation, and Translation in Public Services (Spanish<>English). The Icelandic Ministry of Education certified me in 2008 as a Primary school teacher (validation of my teacher diploma from Spain). I am also a sworn translator from Icelandic into Spanish (Icelandic certification). I have been an interpreter for multinationals and in public services in Iceland (hospitals, health clinics, schools, municipal service centers, police stations, courts, etc.)
I have years of experience as a teacher, both on my own and as an employee, and have worked as a freelancer since 2012. I am always studying a language (or something else, to remind me what being a learner is) and learning about Second Language Acquisition to improve my training as a teacher. I no longer translate or interpret; all my work (full-time) is in the language education sector—more information.
Why should you take this Icelandic course with me?
Because I have walked the path you have in front of you and reached professional proficiency in Icelandic.
Derek Sivers (former student and TED speaker) left this comment:
«GREAT teacher. Very helpful teaching Icelandic. The fact that it’s not his mother tongue makes him better at this, because he has really thought about the subject.»
I started studying online on my own in 2006, a few months before moving to Iceland. I learned all I could at university and outside. Years later, I started interpreting from and into Icelandic for corporations (consecutive and simultaneous interpreting).
I am a realistic optimist. Everyone can learn Icelandic, but I’m not going to lie to you like ads that say, “Learn X quick and easy.” The hardest part is in the beginning, making Icelandic less rewarding than English or Spanish, which start easy but get harder after some time. Because of this, many students quit Icelandic before they progress significantly. It’s not strange. I wanted to quit two or three times. But I didn’t throw in the towel.
Don’t give up. If you strengthen that base and keep moving forward, you’ll be able to communicate in Icelandic, live your daily life in Icelandic, and become part of a society that works, with its advantages and disadvantages, as happens in all neighboring countries. And this is very gratifying. The experience of living in Iceland, with or without Icelandic, is radically different.
Other teachers can teach you Icelandic, but they haven’t gone through the path you have to walk to learn it. In many cases, they haven’t learned a language with similar complexity and experienced the process you will go through. This makes a difference because, in the end, the materials you will see are similar, but understanding the learning process and developing attitudes that will help you learn matters the most. You’ll spend a few hours with me, but each week has 165 hours more, and because of this, you must be as independent as possible.
Besides teaching you Icelandic in class, I’ll help you learn how to learn and understand the process. I encourage and challenge you to become better. You will also see different approaches about how to learn a language that may be helpful to you.
By teaching and speaking with other foreigners, I’ve seen students often significantly influenced by the marketing of language classes and other products. It reminds me of TV ads with gadgets to achieve a six-pack while you watch TV sitting. Nobody with a six-pack uses those products (or not exclusively). These trends are sometimes ineffective, or worse, they are an obstacle because they waste your time with fantasy instead of doing what you have to do to reach your goal. They also give you unreal expectations, which will frustrate you when you don’t see results. If you want to learn how to learn, pay attention to someone who has learned, not the TV ad.
I emphasize pronunciation. It is essential for the other person to understand you and to minimize the number of times an Icelander switches to English when speaking with you. You don’t need to speak like a native speaker; you need clear Icelandic. Having clear pronunciation also helps you to understand others. As an additional benefit, you’ll learn about the pronunciation of other languages and understand why you pronounce things the way you do (this is important to know what to do).
This Icelandic course uses:
– Íslenska fyrir alla 2 as its textbook. Students can view it electronically for free, but it’s recommended to have a copy to write on it. If you live in Iceland, Bóksala stúdenta sells this book, already bound. You can also print or have it printed and bound at a copy center (recommended if you live in another country; I’ll send you the PDF before you start the course).
– Icelandic Grammar Step by Step – Exercise book (1st volume) A1 – A2 by Stefan Drabek. This is an exercise book you’ll use during Icelandic 2, Icelandic 3, and Icelandic 4. Students in Iceland can buy it at Bóksala stúdenta, while students in other countries may benefit from buying directly from the author’s website. It may be available in more shops. Students should finish one third of this book at the end of Icelandic 2 and are expected to finish it when they finish Icelandic 4.
Students buy their materials (the tuition doesn’t include them).
✅ Bonus 1: Free access to Snara during the course
Snara offers monolingual and bilingual dictionaries from and into Icelandic with the following languages: Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. It also has a database with recipes in Icelandic so that you can test your cooking and Icelandic skills at the same time. The key you will receive will work throughout the course until thirty days after the last class. Still, you may have access for an entire year, depending on when you sign up and Snara renews our key. Save up to ISK 7,800 (ca. EUR 55) yearly.
✅ Bonus 2: A native revisor will correct your assignments
As the number of students has grown and I teach more groups weekly, it’s become more difficult for me to correct my students’ homework promptly. A native revisor can do this much quicker, which means you’ll receive personalized feedback earlier. Value: ISK 10,000 (ca. EUR 70).
✅ Bonus 3: A planning tool for you to succeed 🚀
Many students have good intentions and want to work on their own. However, the course flies by, and they realize they couldn’t do as much as they wanted due to a lack of planning. This bonus lets you plan everything you want to do outside the virtual classroom (listen to podcasts, watch movies and series in Icelandic, etc.) Value: ISK 10,000 (ca. EUR 70).
✅ Bonus 4: A list of resources in Icelandic you can enjoy on your own 📺📓
You will receive a PDF with links to resources to watch Icelandic movies and series, etc. You’ll also discover where you can find free ebooks in Icelandic (also audiobooks) or how to buy ebooks in Icelandic for your ebook reader (Kindle). Value: ISK 14 000 (ca. EUR 98).
✅ Bonus 5: An accountability buddy 👦👩
I pair each student with another so that they share their progress and what they have done in Icelandic each week. An accountability buddy helps you remain accountable to yourself and motivates you to do more. Many people set learning a language as a New Year resolution, but only 8% reach their goal. An accountability buddy helps you turn the tables, making things go in your favor and making you responsible for your progress. Many start an Icelandic course, and suddenly, they’ve reached the last class without doing as much as they wanted. Value: ISK 14 000 (ca. EUR 98).
✅ Bonus 6: Badges related to Icelandic
Show the world 🌎 you’re learning Icelandic. While supplies last (hurry up!) Eight different models (colors are random; I’ll try to send you the most varied kit possible 🙂).
They are sent anywhere in the world for free. However, if you live outside the EU, the customs in your country may charge you some fee or tax; check with the authorities before placing your order to avoid surprises 🙂. I can’t be responsible for customs/import fees. Value: 3600 ISK (ca. 25 EUR).
✅ Bonus 7: Networking event
We celebrate a networking event every four months. You’ll meet students from the other groups. Whether you live in Iceland or another country, this event can help you meet like-minded people and plan things together. A solid social circle is essential for those who have moved to Iceland. Also, you can speak about what you do in the event, which may open doors for you in the Icelandic labor market, find a rental through another student, etc. Value: priceless.
✅ Bonus 8: Alumni page
Students and alumni may appear on an alumni webpage where they can promote what they do and display the field they work in. It’s the perfect place to let everyone see what you sell, offer, etc. You can include links and contact information. Thanks to the alumni page, someone may find you and become a lifetime customer. Value: priceless.
🔑 Next round: live classes start on Thursday, September 28, 2023
- Live classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Hours: 21:00-21:55 CEST/CET. The official timezone for this course is Central European (Summer) Time. This means that for Iceland students, the hours will be from 19:00 to 19:55 until the end of October. After that date, the EU changes the clock, and the Icelandic time will be 20:00-20:55. If you live in another country, check this converter for summertime and this one for winter. Not every country changes the time (the case of Iceland). Nothing will change for countries that change the clock on the exact dates as the EU, but please note that some countries/states do it on different dates than the EU. Contact me if you have any questions. In any case, Google Calendar will handle everything and show you the right time for each class.
- The equivalent of five students must sign up for the course to start. There’s a maximum of ten live attendants. Students will receive a refund if the group doesn’t have enough participation.
- If you are reading this after the start date, don’t worry. You can watch the recordings of the previous classes and attend the rest.
The round starts on September 28, 2023, and finishes when we finish the 33 classes. Sign up in the form below.
If you are at work at that time, ask your supervisor if it is possible to attend class. From experience with other students, many employers in Iceland are willing to allow some flexibility or that lessons are included in the work schedule as many employers are interested in you learning Icelandic.
🟢 Guidelines about the course’s calendar:
Start and end dates are flexible. We should officially start on September 28, 2023, and finish on January 18 if the course had no pauses. However, Icelandic 2 will take a few weeks more: there are public holidays, I still owe myself a free week from last year, and I still have this year’s two free weeks (I may take some of these before Icelandic 2). I regularly check each course’s progress to forecast when one course finishes and the next starts realistically. We should finish in February or March 2024.
More factors can affect the dates, such as when the group needs more classes (at no cost) to finish the official material, technical issues, sick days, the teacher’s personal or professional commitments, etc.
In the same way that there is flexibility and students will receive free extra classes if necessary to finish the official material, the teacher expects students to be flexible regarding dates. Learning a language takes about 2,000 hours, so getting frustrated because a date changes a few weeks or months is useless. One of this course’s features is that students can watch the recordings of the classes, which can help if the course’s extension happens when you are traveling (many of my students travel during the course, and this works for them).
Nevertheless, if you have much availability and can do more than the official material, I can assign you more materials to help you solidify what you’ve learned and keep moving forward.
- National Day of Spain: October 12.
- Bank holiday between Constitution Day & Feast of the Immaculate Conception: December 7th.
- Christmas holidays: December 23 – January 7.
- Carnival: February 13th.
- Add up to three weeks of holidays, and we should finish in February or March 2024.
English is the language of instruction. Both native and non-native speakers are welcome. However, non-native speakers must be able to understand the meanings of words and grammar concepts. The grammar we see is the same 12-year-olds see in Spain. But even if it’s easy, it may require a bit of abstract thinking. If the student’s English is weak, this can prevent them from making the most out of our classes or prevent them from learning altogether. We also expect students to be able to ask questions in class to make the most out of our classes 🙂.
Because of this, non-native English speakers should have at least a B2 level in English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). How can you know this?
- The easiest way is if you’ve taken any of the tests below and scored the minimum for a B2 level. Sometimes, exams taken years ago may no longer reflect your current level, but often, it’ll be enough for this course. It is also true that people often reach a higher level after the exam, even if untested. If you haven’t taken any, don’t worry, and see points 2 and 3. Many people haven’t taken the tests below, but their English level is enough.
- Check the self-assessment grid for the CEFR and see if you can do everything under the B2 column. It’s essential that you’re honest with yourself. This solution is ideal if you have a good command of the language but haven’t taken any exams. In any case, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to assess if they can take advantage of this course.
- If you have a university degree taught in English, you probably have at least a B2. This assumption takes for granted that you’ve attended lectures, participated in class, given presentations, taken exams, and written essays or theses. If you need more clarification, please check if the first or second option applies.
Tests that certify you have a B2:
- Anglia Examinations: Advanced.
- OET: 200-340 (C, C+).
- TrackTest: B2 (Intermediate).
- TOELS (Wheebox Test of English Language Skills): 30 (Graduate).
- iTEP: 3.5-4.4.
- IELTS: 5.5-5.7
- TOEIC (Listening & Reading): 400-485 (Listening) / 385-450 (Reading).
- TOEIC (Speaking & Writing): 160-170 (Speaking) / 150-170 (Writing).
- CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks): 6/7.
- Versant: 58-68.
- Speexx Language Assessment Center: 50-79.
- Duolingo English Test: 90-115.
- Password English Tests: 5.5-6.5.
- TOEFL (IBT): 72-94 (total).
- TOEFL ITP: 543.
- TOEFL Junior Standard: 290-300 (listening), 280-300 (language form), and 280-300 (reading).
- EF Standard English Test: 51-60.
- City and Guilds: Communicator.
- RQF (UK only): Level 3.
- Cambridge exam: B2 First.
- Michigan exam: ECCE / Michigan English Test (MET). 53 to 63.
- LanguageCert International ESOL: B2 Communicator (Level 1) in both tests.
- PTE Academic: 59.
- PTE General (formerly LTE): Level 3.
- Trinity College London: ISE II or GESE 7, 8, 9.
- British General Qualifications: GCE A-Level.
- Learning Resource Network: CEF B2.
- Eiken: Pre-1.
How much is this Icelandic course? With all the bonuses, the value of this course is up to ISK 101,400 or EUR 710. But you don’t have to pay that.
ISK 101,400 or EUR 710 ISK 42,000 or EUR 294
The course has 33 55-minute classes and a cost of ISK 42,000 (or EUR 294).
💰 Grants and easy payment terms
If you live in Iceland:
ℹ All employees in Iceland are unionized, and most unions offer reimbursements for courses taken by their members. Ask your union about your situation and how much you could receive before signing up for the course. If you need the invoices in a particular format, let me know on the registration form so you can benefit from the training scholarships. The reimbursement can be up to 100% of the price of the course, so hopefully, money is not an obstacle for anyone who lives in Iceland and wants to learn Icelandic. With the grants and all the bonuses, it’s almost like getting paid for learning Icelandic 😉.
Putting grants in perspective: with a 75% refund, the 33-lesson course would cost ISK 10,500 (each class would be ISK 318); with a 50% refund, the course would cost ISK 21,000 (about ISK 636 per class).
Check with your union or other institution. You may have access to some scholarships. I also offer scholarships (partial grants) for students in some countries.
If you can’t access any grant from your union or other institution, these options can help:
- Students in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the US can use buy now pay later options that let them pay in 3-4 installments without interest (selecting more installments may add interest) through Affirm, Afterpay/Clearpay, Klarna, PayPal (only Spain) and Zip. The availability of these platforms depends on your location and the currency for the payment. Let me know if you need any accommodations to use these services (such as using another currency). I’ll see if it’s possible 🙂. Filling in the form doesn’t commit you to anything. It can be an excellent opportunity to get in touch and see what’s available.
- If you live outside Iceland, besides the buy now pay later plans, I also have partial grants for students in certain countries. The idea is that the course’s price is in line with the prices in other countries, according to an economic index. You’ll need to prove you live in the country you say you live in. Not all students from other countries receive grants because, for example, it wouldn’t make sense to give a grant to someone living in Luxembourg, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Feel free to fill in the form (no commitments); we can go from there. You can also email me or send me a line on Messenger, and I’ll provide more information. Using these grants excludes other promotions. If there are different promotions and discounts available, I’ll help you choose the best one.
- Remember that if it is hard to pay at once, you can use a credit card or consumer credit. Ask your bank or another institution that provides loans (but please avoid falling into a credit trap).
Bring a friend
Bring a friend who has never been our student, and both of you will receive a 10 % off discount. You must pay at the same time (depending on the situation, a different time could be ok). This promotion/discount excludes any other promotion/discount. If you could benefit from various promotions/discounts, I’ll help you choose the best one.
Family members who learn Icelandic together have a 10 % off for each signup as long as at least another relative is enrolled. “Family” covers up to fourth-degree relatives (parents and children; grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings; uncles and aunts, great-grandparents and great-grandchildren, first cousins and great-uncles and great-aunts). This promotion/discount excludes any other promotion/discount. If you could benefit from different promotions/discounts, I’ll help you choose the best one.
Bring your partner
As long as both of you are enrolled, you’ll have 10% off your signups. This promotion/discount excludes any other promotion/discount. If you could benefit from different promotions/discounts, I’ll help you choose the best one.
Contract conditions for this Icelandic course
- Students pay for the course in advance, and the payment formalizes the reservation of a seat. Students will receive an invoice and receipt in their email as proof of charge as soon as the course is confirmed (when five students have paid). Places are granted depending on who makes the reservation earlier (on a first-come, first-served basis). For the course to start, five students must have formalized their registration.
- Once the seat is reserved, there are no tuition refunds due to the course’s fixed costs unless other students are on the waiting list and formalize their registration. If the course has already started, the return of the tuition will be proportional to the unused part of the course if another person substitutes for the person leaving.
- We offer this course on-demand, which ends when the 33 classes are over or when we finish the material if we need more classes. There is no official end date.
- The teacher of this Icelandic course is Fernán González Domingo. Still, in case of illness or due to professional or personal commitments, another teacher can replace him at those times. In case no teacher is available, if the course’s dates need an extension, the teacher will try to find a solution taking into account the students’ schedules so that all students receive the classes they have contracted.
- Etiquette: Out of respect for your classmates and the teacher, we ask you to attend classes alone in a room without noise and with your camera on. By default, all attendees have their microphones open to ask questions when they want, as in a face-to-face classroom. Still, if there is noise, you must turn your microphone off (or we’ll do it for you; you can turn it on again to participate at any point). The virtual classroom has a feature to raise your hand. Private classes may fit your needs better if your situation makes participation impossible. It is not allowed to photograph, copy/reproduce, record, or distribute the content of the classes. Failure to follow these instructions or being disrespectful to other students or the teacher may result in the student’s expulsion from that class or the course (no refund).
- If no student shows up, the teacher will teach the class with no students. The students will be able to watch the recording afterward.