English signs become the norm in Reykjavik

Professor of Icelandic Eirikur Rognvaldsson says that English signs in the Reykjavik city centre are a part of a more extensive problem involving the Icelandic language.

Restaurant, bar and shop signs are increasingly in English. 

In a recent article in Morgunbladid Rognvaldsson says that Icelanders don’t experience English as a foreign language as such but as a normal part of their environment.  ‘It has become such a natural part of our environment that we don”t feel that it’s foreign.  

He believes that it’s important that people become mote aware of the usefulness of the Icelandic language and that it’s always fit to use in all circumstances . ‘Icelandic is not at war with English but English can’t just take over completely. 

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USD USD 107.23 EUR EUR 124.40
GBP GBP 139.34 DKK DKK 16.69
NOK NOK 12.99 SEK SEK 12.00
CHF CHF 107.00 JPY JPY 0.95
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.