Have you ever wanted to ride through the desert plain on your glorious white stallion, chanting about your war victories in Dothraki? Or have you longed to call to your dragons using the fantasy tongue? Well, you might not have any horses, war winnings, or dragons but you will soon be able to ditch English and pick up Dothraki as your language of choice.
On October 7, a guide to George R.R. Martin’s made up language from A Song of Ice and Fire will be available to fans online, in bookstores, and even in the app store. A physical copy of the guide will be released, including a guide-book and an audio CD. Eager language learners can also sign up for an online Dothraki course on Living Language. A companion app will be released as well, featuring additional flashcards to help users practice on the go.
The official press release discussed some of the details of the course:
Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as dos and don’ts. For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior anifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.
David J. Peterson, creator of both the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages for Game of Thrones, is tasked with creating the guide and compiling its 500 words and phrases. He released a statement of his own, utilizing his Dothraki knowledge:
“I’m thrilled to be working with Living Language to produce the first official Dothraki text,” says Peterson. “This book will take you from arakh to zhavvorsa in no time, and the audio samples will help you perfect your pronunciation. I often get the question, ‘When will there be a Dothraki guide I can buy?’ The answer is now, thanks to Living Language. Me nem nesa!”
For more details about the course, visit www.livinglanguage.com/dothraki.
The online course, guide-book, and app will be available on October 7, 2014.
To David J. Peterson we say: San athchomari yeraan! And to you, dear readers, we say: Hajas! Dothras chek!