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    Icelandic has a so-called "middle voice".  In English, we have active ("I hear you") and passive ("I am heard by you").  Icelandic also has a middle voice: "I and you are heard by each other".  In fact, one of the most common goodbyes is "Við sjáumst".  Við means "we", and sjáumst is the middle voice of að sjá, "to see".  So it basically means, "We'll see each other."

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