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National Broadcaster RÚV Launches New Icelandic Language Resource

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In line with new initiatives to increase access to quality Icelandic language education, national broadcaster RÚV has launched a new service aimed at language learners: RÚV Orð.

Learn Icelandic while watching television

The new resource is intended for self-study and greatly expands the functionality of subtitling for Icelandic television content. The new project was developed in cooperation with Swedish non-profit Språkkraft, which has pioneered language technology solutions to social integration and language learning for Swedish immigrants.

The new resource allows Icelandic language learners to select their Icelandic level and create a learner profile. They can then access television programming with subtitling in ten languages, including English, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Thai, and Ukrainian.

Learners will then be able to watch Icelandic television programmes with interactive subtitles that are colour-coded according to difficulty. Learners will also be able to define words in the subtitles by simply clicking on them and to save words for later review. Note that the subtitles are automatically generated and as such are not perfect. Some learners have noted some problems, which are not uncommon with machine translations, but have generally found the resource useful.

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The new resource will be available directly from the RÚV media player once testing this summer is concluded. It is, however, currently live and can be accessed here.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Culture and Commerce, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, and the Minister of Education and Children met with RÚV to launch the project with the intention of improving access for Icelandic language learners of all levels.

The goal of the project is to promote the inclusion of people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in Icelandic society by ensuring access to high-quality digital language learning.



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