brink_1 (brink_1) wrote in learn_icelandic,

Trying it out...

I have a question for the community, particularly the native Icelandic speakers, as I will soon be returning to Reykjavík for a visit.

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 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!
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