Icelandic transliterations for Americans

I think…I’m not 100% sure because I’m tweaking the lists from Teach Yourself Icelandic, which appears to be a British publication.

a = a, ah
á = ow
e = e, eh
é = ye
i = i, ih
í = ea
u = approximate, uh
ú = oo
y  = ih (same as i)
ý = ea  (same as ‘i)
æ = i, aye (long i, the sort you get when the word ends in e, like in hide)
ö = approximate, uh, but a deep in the throat sort of uh
ei = a (long a, the sort you get when the word ends in e, like came)
ey = same as ei
au = approximately, uh-y.  Starts with same sound as ö

 

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