Rookie speakers of High Valyrian 101 already know “Valar morghulis” (“all men must die”). It’s practically like knowing “where is the bathroom?” in all other languages. But it’s time to take your High Valyrian skills to the next level.
Popular language learning app Duolingo will release a special language learning course on High Valyrian, the language spoken by the extinct Valyrian race that settled on the Essos continent in Game of Thrones. High Valyrian is also spoken by nobles and scholars throughout Westeros. It’s like Game of Thrones‘ Latin.
Duolingo’s website says it will release it on July 16, which is the same day as the Season 7 premiere. So basically you can watch and learn as you go along.
The language was fine tuned by specialist David J. Peterson for the HBO show, and he contributed his knowledge of the language to build the Duolingo course as well. On Wednesday, he updated the app’s website writing “Valyrio Māzis,” which a Reddit user translated as “Valyrian is coming.”
You can keep the nearly-dead (and fictitious) dialect alive by learning phrases like: “Skorverdon zaldrīzoti Daenerys ēza?” (“How many dragons does Daenerys have?”) and “Varys zaldrīzerme Dovaogēdī majaqsa” (“Varys admires the indestructible Unsullied”).
Even though the course is projected to be smaller the Russian course its using as its base, Peterson wrote on the website that they’re working with approximately 2,000 words.
The linguistics pro is also set to teach a class titled “The Linguistics of Game of Thrones and the Art of Language Invention” this summer at UC Berkeley. The class won’t be specifically focused on learning Game of Thrones languages, but it will give students their own chance to create their new languages like he did.
Peterson also crafted the Dothraki language, and eager learners can take a one-year course on Living Language for about $30 to learn that language.
Now if only linguists could crack that tricky language Hodor spoke.