Dates, appointments and ordinal numbers in Icelandic
A difficulty I encountered was to write the date in Icelandic. In fact, they use ordinal numbers for the date (like in German, and they also write for example “25. janúar”, with a dot to mark it), and I don’t have any list of them yet… so, I can’t say the dates… Then, I decided to make one!
I am quite confident for fjórða (4th) and fimmta (5th), because I found them in my Assimil book “L’islandais de poche”, but the rest is totally random! Please help me with your corrections if you have knowledge and time 🙂
Don’t mind the inconsistencies (today’s date for example), it is only using all the 31 dates possibilities to dress the Icelandic ordinal numbers list!
Just say the date in Icelandic
mánudagur, einnta janúar (Monday, 1st of January)
þriðjudagur, tveira febrúar (Tuesday, 2nd of February)
miðvikudagur, þrírta mars (Wednesday, 3rd of March)
fimmtudagur, fjórða apríl (Thursday, 4th of April)
föstudagur, fimmta maí (Friday, 5th of Mai)
laugardagur, sexta júní (Saturday, 6th of June)
sunnudagur, sjöta júlí (Sunday, 7th of July)
Í dag erum við átjánda janúar. (Today is the 18th of January)
Á morgun erum við nítjánda janúar. (Tomorrow is the 19th of January)
Í gær vorum við sautjánda janúar. (Yesterday was the 17th of January)
Special dates in Icelandic: birthdays and other sepcial days or celebrations
Afmælið min er fjórðanda maí. (My birthday is on Mai 14)
Afmæli systur min er á níunda ágúst. (My sister’s birthday is on August 9)
Faðir min og vinkona min hafa afmæli sínu sama dag: á fimmtánda febrúar.
(My father and my friend have their birthday the same day: February 15)
Ein af frækum minum fæddist á sextánda október.
(One of my cousins (girl) was born on October 16)
Annar fæddist á tuttugu og tveira janúar. (Another one (girl too) was born on Januray 22)
Dagur kvenna er á áttunda mars. (Women’s day is on March 8)
Jólin er á tuttugu og fimmta desember, en oft veislu ég þann á tuttugu og fjórða desember í nótt með frænkum minum. (Christmas is on December 25, but I often celebrate it on December 24 at night with my cousins)
Using dates in sentences in Icelandic: random chit-chat
Ég flytja á ellefunda febrúar. (I move on February 11)
Það gerist ekkert sérstadt þann á tíunda janúar. (Nothing happens on January 10)
Og á tuttugu og tveira október annaðhvort. (Neither on October 26)
Föstudaginn þrettánunda er óheppin. (Friday 13th is bad luck)
Ég á tíma hjá tannlækni á tuttugu og þrírta febrúar.
(I have an appointement at the dentist on February 23)
Ég hef fund á tuttugunda mars. (I have a meeting on March 20)
Ertu í borði á tuttugu og einnta apríl? (Are you free/available on April 21st?)
Við hittum á tólfta júní. (We met on June 12)
Við hittumst aftur á tuttugu og sjöta ágúst. (Then, we met again on August 27)
Tuttugu og áttunda febrúar er síðasti dagur febrúar.
(The 28th of February is the last day of February)
Tuttugu og níunda febrúar gerist eins á fjórar ára fresti.
(The 29th of February occurs only every 4 years)
Þrjátíunda janúar er mánudagur á þessu ári. (The 30th of January is a Monday this year)
Þrjátíu og einnta desember er síðasti dagur ársins.
(The 31st of December is the last day of the year)