Word for the Travel Wise (07/14/06)

Faroe Islands FlagsYet another language I managed to go by for months never posting a single word, but tonight, no more! Tonight we will learn about this West Nordic lingo. Tonight we take to the foreign world of Faroese by storm like the old Vikings took to the seas starting with right here and right now. Ready? Let’s go!

Today’s word is a Faroese word used in the Faroe Islands:

handilskjarni – (pronounced huhn-dils-chuhd-neh) market

Just like the foods found at the market I’m sure you’ll find asking for directions to get there just as much fun. Faroese is spoken by some 60,000-80,000 people in both the Faroe Islands and Denmark. Check out the Wiki for a few words or this small blurb on the Faroe Island tourist site about how the tradtional dance has salvaged the language over several years. Lonely Planet has a small section of Faroese in their Scandinavian phrasebooks worth checking out.