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Video Campaign Celebrates Icelandic Language

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Video Campaign Celebrates Icelandic Language

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Photo: Árni Magnússon Institute/Facebook.

Icelandic Language Day will be celebrated in Iceland this month with a video campaign of short interviews asking speakers why the language is important to them.

The campaign is called “Raddir íslenskunnar” or “Icelandic Voices,” and is sponsored by the Reykjavík City Library, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, and Veröld – hús Vigdísar, the new language centre at the University of Iceland.

Interviewees are asked two questions: “Why is Icelandic important to you?” and “Why are you important to Icelandic?”

In his interview, teen Óðinn Sastre Freysson says Icelandic is important to him because “I use it every day and when I am abroad[...] then I feel I’m at home,” adding “it lives inside me, it’s just a part of me.” When asked why he is important to Icelandic, Óðinn responds: “I can maybe try to share it” to prevent it from dying out.

The campaign encourages students, teachers, and individuals to collaborate on short videos answering the two questions in order to think about the importance of Icelandic in their life and their own contributions to the language. Videos may be shared with the hashtag #dagurislenskrartungu, and videos under one minute long may be shared to the event’s Facebook page.

Café Lingua in Gerðuberg will host a celebration on Iceland Language Day, November 16th at 5 pm, with a discussion based on the two interview questions and a screening of videos from the campaign.

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