Icelandic Reading

If you're trying to practice your Icelandic Reading then the page below should help. You will be able to sharpen your comprehension and understanding of the sample text below, which is part of the Article 26 and 27 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first section is in Icelandic and the second part is in English. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Icelandic. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Icelandic Reading

Read the following text very carefully and see what you can understand without looking at the English translation, and see what you understood from it, you can use our Icelandic dictionary if you want.

Icelandic Reading
26. grein.
1) Hver maður á rétt til menntunar. Skal hún veitt ókeypis, að minnsta kosti barnafræðsla og undirstöðummentu. Börn skulu vera skólaskyld. Iðnaðar- og verknám skal öllum standa til boða og æðri menntu vera öllum jafnfrjáls, þeim er hæfileika hafa til að njóta hennar.
2) Menntun skal beina í þá átt að þroska persónuleika einstaklinganna og innræta þeim virðingu fyrir mannréttindum og mannhelgi. Hún skal miða að því að efla skilning, umburðarlyndi og vináttu meðal allra þjóða, kynþátta og trúarflokka og að efla starf Sameinuðu þjóðanna í þágu friðarins.
3) Foreldrar skulu fremur öðrum ráða, hverrar menntunar börn þeirra skuli njóta.
27. grein
1) Hverjum manni ber réttur til þess að taka frjálsan þátt í menningarlífi þjóðfélagsins, njóta lista, eiga þátt í framförum á sviði vísinda og verða aðnjótandi þeirra gæða, er af þeim leiðir.
2) Hver maður skal njóta lögverndar þeirra hagsmuna, í andlegum og efnalegum skilningi, er leiðir af vísindaverki, ritverki eða listaverki, sem hann er höfundur að, hverju nafni sem nefnist.

Below is the translation of the above text, check what you understood without the help of the dictionary, after reading the translation one time, go back up and read the Icelandic text and see if you can recognize the more words this time.

English Translation
Article 26
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27
1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

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