15 Wednesday May 2013
Written by Mark in Icelandic
Of Monsters and Men played the Paramount in Seattle last night, so a music-themed post seemed appropriate 🙂 I had been waiting for them to come back and it was awesome to finally see them in concert! They put on an amazing show – if you ever have the chance to see them live, I highly recommend it 🙂
Icelandic is known for not using many loanwords, but most of the words for the different types of music are similar to English:
djass jazz blús blues kántri country rokk rock þungarokk hard rock/heavy metal pönkari punk popp pop teknó techno klassísk classical
You may see either of two verbs when talking about playing music or an instrument:
Hann spilar á píanó. – He plays the piano.
Hún lék með þeim á bassa. – She played with them on bass.
Typically the suffix -leikari is used for a person who plays a particular instrument, as in :
selló·leikari – celloist (cello player)
fiðlu·leikari – violinist
flautu·leikari – flautist (flutist)
Talking about your favorite bands:
Hverjar eru uppáhalds hljómsveitirnar þín? – Who are your favorite bands?
Uppáhalds hljómsveitin mín er… – My favorite band is…
A long but not exhaustive list of music-related vocabulary:
tón·list f (-ar) music tón·leikar m pl concert lag n (-s, lög) song, tune plata f (plötu, plötur) record, album hljóð·færi n (-s,-) musical instrument hljóm·sveit f (-ar,-ir) orchestra, band Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands Icelandic Symphony selló n (-s,-) cello trompet m (-s,-ar) trumpet lúð/ur m (-urs,-rar) horn, trumpet básún/a f (-u,-ur) trombone saxó·fón/n m (-s,-ar) saxophone gítar m (-s,-ar) guitar fiðl/a f (-u,-ur) violin, fiddle víóla f (-u,-ur) viola bass/i m (-a,-ar) bass flaut/a f (-u,-ur) flute óbó n (-s,-) oboe klarínett/a f (-u,-ur) clarinet fagott n (-s,-) bassoon horn n (-s,-) horn túb/a f (-u,-ur) tuba harpa f (hörpu,hörpur) harp píanó n (-s,-) piano pákur timpani slag·verk n (-s) percussion tromm/a f (-u,-ur) drum