Icelandic Phrases

The Icelandic phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi:   Audio
What is your name?: hvað heitirðu?  Audio
Nice to meet you: gaman að hitta þig!  Audio
How are you?: hvernig hefurðu það?   Audio
I'm good, thanks: ég hef það gott, takk  Audio
And you?: en þú?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Icelandic)?: talarðu ensku/íslensku  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: talar hún kínversku?  Audio
A little bit: bara lítið  Audio
How old are you?: hvað ertu gamall/gömul   Audio
I'm 33 years old: ég er 33 ára gamall  Audio
It was nice talking to you: það var gaman að tala við þig!  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: hvað meinarðu?  Audio
I don't understand: ég skil ekki  Audio
I don't know: ég veit það ekki  Audio
Sorry: fyrirgefðu  Audio
What is that called in Icelandic?: hvað kallast þetta á íslensku?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: hvað þýðir þetta orð á ensku?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: hvaðan ertu?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: ég er frá bandaríkjunum  Audio
I'm American: ég er ameríkani  Audio
Where do you live?: hvar áttu heima?  Audio
I live in the U.S: ég bý í bandaríkjunum  Audio
What do you do for a living?: við hvað starfarðu?  Audio
I'm a student: ég er nemandi  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: get ég hjálpað þér?  Audio
Can you help me?: geturðu hjálpað mér?  Audio
Where is the airport?: hvar er flugvöllurinn?  Audio
Go straight: farðu beint áfram  Audio
Then: svo  Audio
Turn left: beygðu til vinstri  Audio
Turn right: beygðu til hægri   Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Icelandic in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: til hamingju með afmælið   Audio
Happy new year: gleðilegt nýtt ár!  Audio
Merry Christmas: gleðileg jól!  Audio
Good luck: gangi þér vel!  Audio
Congratulations: til hamingju!  Audio

Icelandic expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: ég er búinn að bóka  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: eigið þið laus herbergi?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: ég vil reyklaust herbergi  Audio
How much it costs per night?: hvað kostar nóttin?  Audio
Waiter: þjónn   Audio
How much is this?: hvað kostar þetta?  Audio
What is this?: hvað er þetta?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: er allt í lagi með þig?  Audio
I need a doctor: ég þarfnast læknis  Audio
Help: hjálp!  Audio
Call the ambulance: hringdu í sjúkrabíl!  Audio
Call the police: hringdu á lögregluna!  Audio
I am sick: ég er veikur  Audio

These Icelandic phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Icelandic Vocabulary and Icelandic Grammar, you might want to visit our Icelandic Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Icelandic Vocabulary

Icelandic Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Icelandic phrases.