This is a very simple Icelandic verb conjugator. Our goal is to make Icelandic conjugation easy, smart and straightforward.
You can input verbs into the Cooljugator bar above in any form, tense or mood in both Icelandic and English. The Icelandic Cooljugator can currently do around 1,000 verbs. We suggest you try it out.
You can also click here to browse the list of Icelandic verbs that we can conjugate.
If you run out of ideas, some Icelandic verbs according to their frequency of use on Cooljugator are:
Icelandic is a North Germanic language spoken by some three hundred thousand people in Iceland. It is known for its conservatism and closeness to the urdnordisk (the Viking language), its four-case noun declension (with lots of irregular declensions), and the fact that even modern Icelandic is still to quite a high extent intelligible with Old Norse. It also shares much similarities in terms of its vocabulary with Old English.
Icelandic dates from around the ninth century. Most of its settlers came from Norway and spoke Old Norse - a language which was initially not at all different from that spoken in Norwegian. However, as Iceland is an isolated place, the languages grew apart over time. The sound system of Icelandic adopted new merging sounds, declensions changed, and the language started adopting new words (especially from the uptake of Christianity in the 13th century). Many new words developed through interaction with other countries through trade, as well as further religious ties, especially after the Reformation. When Iceland was occupied during the Second World War by the British and Americans, English also purportedly came to influence Icelandic to some extent.
For these reasons, it is difficult to date Icelandic, but many people date its independent emergence to around the eleventh century. Through the country was ruled by the Danes from 1380 to 1918 (Danish is still usually taught next to English in Icelandic schools), Icelandic was constantly spoken and has not undergone major Danish influence. The language is also particularly close to Faroese, particularly in its written form - the two are said to be mutually intelligible at the least in that form. Icelandic is also known for its aspiration to maintain a pure form, hence Icelandic words are often invented for what would otherwise be international words: for example, 'tölva' stands for 'a computer', and is related to tala (number/digit) and völva (a witch). Other words also abound, such as sjónvarp (TV), þota (airplane), gámur (container), sími (telephone), etc. It is also known for some of its curiously long names: Eyjafjallajökull was a volcano that erupted in 2010 in Iceland, and got known not only for hindering flights in Iceland, but also for having a name notoriously unpronounceable by foreigners.
In terms of its similarities with Old English, Icelandic has retained many words that were used in Old English. For example, Old English frið (peace) is Icelandic friður, Old English sæl (happiness) is Icelandic sæla, Old English list (art) is Icelandic list and so on. Due to these similarities, Icelandic makes for an interesting language to anyone who is interested in the history of English as well.
Broadly speaking, Icelandic verbs are put into two main categories: strong verbs, which form their past tense through a vowel change (for example, sofa (to sleep) - svaf (slept)), and weak verbs, which use a dental suffix (-di, ði, -ti, -aði) to form their past tense (svara (to answer) - svaraði - (answered)). Then, in a very interesting paralel to Lithuanian (which also has three conjugation categories based on these very endings - although they work in a very different context in Icelandic and Lithuanian), there are three different verb groups:
The vast majority of Icelandic verbs are conjugated by these most import factors:
In the Icelandic Cooljugator, we try to provide you as many of these factors of Icelandic conjugation in both of its varieties as possible.