So you want to learn Faroese, do you? Here are some things to keep in mind when you learning Faroese:
Visiting the Faroe Islands is a must!– If you have a genuine interest in Faroese then it would only make sense to go to The Faroe Islands and make friends with the locals. You probably won’t use the language outside of the country (unless you befriend the locals while in the Faroe Islands get their Facebook, Twitter, Email, Skype, etc then that’s another story! 😉 ) otherwise and end up losing your ability in the language and that would NOT be a good idea at all.
Don’t give up and be persistent! Many people will tell you how useless Faroese is and that they are more Kangaroos in Australia than there are in the Faroes. While this maybe true but if you plan on making friends with Faroese and actually plan on going to the Faroes Islands (Denmark) at some point in your life then Faroese really isn’t that useless after all. Yes, most Faroes do speak English(and Danish) quite fluently (and may speak other languages too) but the point is to get to them to speak to you in Faroese as much as possible. They will also be very impressed that you took time to learn their language. If you don’t look Faroese it may require a bit of convincing before they will actually speak their native language with you but you can make it happen. Keep speaking Faroese even if they keep speaking English (or Danish) with you.
Now let’s move on to my collection of resources for you to use for your immersive environment. Unlike languages like German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc where you can find popular movies dubbed into the appropriate languages. Faroes do NOT do that. In fact the only thing they will dub into Faroese are children’s shows. Otherwise there will only be Faroese (or Danish) subtitles accompanying the movies which really won’t help your Faroese unless you put it on mute, put an Faroese podcast on in the background and then read the subtitles aloud, I suggest avoiding non-Faroese movies in the long run.
Faroese Movies: You may not be able to find a lot of these online per se but I am sure that you can buy the DVDs online and make sure you have a region-free DVD player if you are outside of Europe.
You can use a site like Let’s Sing It to look up the lyrics and use them as a part of your Faroese learning.
Faroese TV and Radio: There may be geographical blocking for clips with specific copyrights and you may not be able to view it outside of The Faroe Islands (Denmark).
Blogs in Faroese :
Books (Hardcover, paperback, audio books, e-Books):
If there is anything that you find groundbreaking and quite useful as a Faroese learning resource feel free to contact me I will add it here.