Over the past three years, I have spent a solid two learning Icelandic on my own, using books, audio recordings, and online resources. At this point, I feel like I could probably walk up to a hot dog stand and order a snack and a drink without a problem...so long as everyone stays on script!
You see, the problem with learning from CDs and books is that you get really used to “conversations” following a script. I know that my Icelandic skills are not advanced enough to hold a “real” conversation, so I am afraid that if I try to use my limited Icelandic skills out in a bar or restaurant I am going to become totally confused the second someone says something I am not expecting to hear.
So, my question is, how much should I try to speak Icelandic? I mean, is it seen as really annoying, or even rude, to have an American flounder about as he tries to communicate in Icelandic, or should I default to “Fyrirgefðu, talarðu ensku?”
I am really excited at the idea of trying out some of my Icelandic, but I really don't want to offend or bore anybody with my nonsense, either.
Thanks for your thoughts!