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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Tölvur og gemsar - Computers and Mobiles

Tölvur og gemsar

Ķslendingar eru fremur nżjungagjarnt fólk. Žeir eru įhugasamir um nżja strauma og stefnur erlendis frį og fljótir aš tileinka sér nżjungar. Žetta kemur t.d. fram ķ žvķ aš tölvueign er mjög almenn ķ landinu og Internetiš veršur stöšugt vinsęlla. Ķ nżlegri könnun kom fram aš tölva var į rśmlega 60% heimila ķ landinu og aš tępur helmingur landsmanna hefši ašgang aš Netinu (Veraldarvefnum) į heimili, ķ vinnu eša ķ skóla. Tęp 30% Ķslendinga nota Netiš (Veraldarvefinn) reglulega, eša meira en eina klst. į viku aš jafnaši.

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Gemsar verša sķfellt žżšingarmeiri ķ daglegu lķfi fólks (Mobile phones are becoming increasingly important in peoples life's).

Farsķmar eru ķ daglegu tali nefndir gemsar en žaš er ķslenska oršiš fyrir GSM sķma. Oršiš er gamalt ķ ķslensku og merkir gemlingur sem er veturgömul kind! Žaš eru žó fyrst og fremst hljóštengsl oršsins viš skammstöfunina GSM sem hafa oršiš žess valdandi aš nś er gemsi žaš orš sem jafnan er notaš um žessa tegund sķma.

Computers and Mobiles

Icelanders as a people are rather keen on new things. They are interested in new streams and foreign developments and quick to learn about anything new. This manifests, for example, in the fact that computer ownership is very common in the country and that the internet is becoming more and more popular. In a recent survey, it was revealed that computers were to be found in roughly 60% of the nation's homes and that just under half of all Icelanders have access to the internet at home, work, or school. Approximately 30% of Icelanders use the internet regularly, or more than an average of one hour per week.

In daily speech, mobile phones are called "gemsar", the Icelandic word for a GSM. The word is an old one in Icelandic and means a "gemlingur", that is, a one-year old sheep. However, first and foremost it is the word's phonetic similarity to the abbreviation GSM which has lead to a situation where "gemsi" is the word which is always used for this kind of phone.

Per head of population, Icelanders own the most mobile phones in the world. There are about 200 thousand mobile phones in the country, meaning that about 72% of Icelanders own such a phone.

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