From Iceland — Don't Ask Nanna: How To Speak Icelandic Using Only 3 Words

Don’t Ask Nanna: How To Speak Icelandic Using Only 3 Words

Published January 30, 2015

Don’t Ask Nanna: How To Speak Icelandic Using Only 3 Words
Nanna Árnadóttir
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Dear Nanna 

I’ll be coming over to study in Iceland for a few months this autumn and I was wondering if it’s really as hard to learn Icelandic as they say?


Lost in Translation

Dear Lost in Translation,

No actually, it’s not hard at all.

Dear Nanna,

I’m a photographer and was blown away by my first trip to Iceland last fall. I’m thinking of compiling some of the photos I took of the Icelandic countryside to create a book but reckon I need to shoot at some more locations. I’m planning another trip in the summer, can you recommend any beautiful spots?


Inspired By Iceland

Dear Inspired by Iceland,

Yeah that sounds like a really great idea, but maybe consider taking pictures of new car models driving through bleak ethereal Icelandic landscapes. We definitely need more of that too.

Yours inspirationally,


Dearest Nanna,

You are the most desirable woman I have ever laid eyes on. I will be naked in my bed at 15:00 hrs tomorrow afternoon. Will you join me there please?

Yours sincerely,

Guess Who Lou

Dear Guess Who Lou,

Your email has validated me as a sexual object.

Finally, I can relate to my male colleagues at the Grapevine. They get these kinds of emails all the time.

Now when people tell me: “Nanna, you’re a smart and organised natural leader” I can hold my head up and say, “Actually, I’m the most desirable woman Guess Who Lou ever laid eyes on.”

Although it is legally required for every Icelandic woman to fuck any man who propositions her sexually, I am afraid I must turn down your offer because I’ve got a hot date with some guy called Julian Blanc at that time. He’s a little chokey and says I’m fatter than the girls he usually goes for but I think we might be at the start of something really special.



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