Icelandic Vocabulary

The Icelandic vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: einn  Audio Two: tveir  Audio Three: þrír  Audio
Four: fjórir  Audio Five: fimm  Audio Six: sex  Audio
Seven: sjö  Audio Eight: átta  Audio Nine: níu  Audio
Ten: tíu  Audio First: fyrsti  Audio Second: annar  Audio

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: mánudagur  Audio Tuesday: þriðjudagur  Audio Wednesday: miðvikudagur  Audio
Thursday: fimmtudagur  Audio Friday: föstudagur  Audio Saturday: laugardagur  Audio
Sunday: sunnudagur  Audio Now: núna  Audio Yesterday: í gær  Audio
Today: í dag  Audio Tonight: í kvöld  Audio Tomorrow: á morgun  Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: ávextir  Audio Apples: epli  Audio
Bananas: bananar  Audio Tomatoes: tómatar  Audio
Potatoes: kartöflur  Audio Onions: laukar  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: rauður  Audio Green: grænn  Audio Blue: blár  Audio
White: hvítur  Audio Black: svartur  Audio Grey: grár  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: morgunmatur  Audio Lunch: hádegismatur  Audio
Dinner: kvöldmatur  Audio Milk: mjólk  Audio
Coffee: kaffi  Audio Bread: brauð  Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: sólríkt  Audio Windy: vindasamt  Audio Rainy: rigning  Audio
Snowy: snjókoma  Audio Cold: kuldi  Audio Hot: heitt  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: strákur  Audio Girl: stelpa  Audio
Son: sonur  Audio Daughter: dóttir  Audio
Brother: bróðir  Audio Sister: systir  Audio
Man: maður  Audio Woman: kona  Audio
Father: faðir  Audio Mother: móðir  Audio
Grandfather: afi  Audio Grandmother: amma  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: hús  Audio Toilet: salerni  Audio Room: herbergi  Audio
Bedroom: svefnherbergi  Audio Kitchen: eldhús  Audio Table: borð  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: köttur  Audio Dog: hundur  Audio Mouse: mús  Audio
Bird: fugl  Audio Cow: kýr  Audio Horse: hestur  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: sokkar  Audio Shoes: skór  Audio Trousers: buxur  Audio
Shirt: skyrta  Audio Sweater: peysa  Audio Coat: frakki  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: enska  Audio French: franska  Audio German: þýska  Audio
Spanish: spænska  Audio Italian: ítalska  Audio Portuguese: portúgalska  Audio
Greek: gríska  Audio Russian: rússneska  Audio Arabic: arabíska  Audio
Hindi: hindú  Audio Chinese: kínverska  Audio Japanese: japanska  Audio


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Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: leigubíll  Audio Bus: strætó  Audio
Hotel: hótel  Audio Reservation: pöntun  Audio
Airport: flugvöllur  Audio Passport: vegabréf  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: nemandi  Audio Teacher: kennari  Audio Pen: penni  Audio
Books: bækur  Audio Page: síða  Audio Dictionary: orðabók  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: hönd  Audio Feet: fætur  Audio Hair: hár  Audio
Eye: auga  Audio Mouth: munnur  Audio Nose: nef  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: sjúkrabíll  Audio Doctor: læknir  Audio
Hospital: sjúkrahús  Audio Pharmacy: apótek  Audio
Police: lögregla  Audio Stomach Ache: magaverkur  Audio

As you can see, this Icelandic vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.