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Looking for a conversation starter with your family this holiday season? Try speaking like a Dothraki horse lord. Linguist David J. Peterson recently released the conversational guide, Living Language Dothraki, designed to turn you fluent in fierce Dothraki warrior. Start practicing now with audio clips.+
Nearly two dozen journalists gathered Friday morning for a David Peterson-delivered primer in Dothraki. The event served as a kick off for Living Language Dothraki, a conversational course guide out October 7.
Peterson schooled the room in the basics, including four vowel sounds, pronounced much like they are in English. Tossing out terms like "dothralat" (to ride), he encouraged his class to give the word a try with conviction and to scare the rooms nearby. He used phrases like alveolar ridge, which turns out to be a part of the mouth and not a location Essos.+
INSIDE THE SERIES
by David J. Peterson
David J. Peterson, a conlanger (or inventor of languages) worked with the Language Creation Society and the creators of 'Game of Thrones' to design a full Dothraki tongue for use on the upcoming HBO series. The details of his process (which are pretty fascinating) have been reported around the web and picked up by fan sites like Winter Is Coming and Westeros. Here on "Making Game of Thrones," David will be offering a series of crash courses in the Dothraki language, beginning with this introductory lesson:
Dothraki is the language of the nomadic horse warriors who populate the Dothraki Sea: a vast grass plain in the center of the continent of Essos, which lies to the east of Westeros, across the Narrow Sea.
Their language differs greatly from the Common Tongue of Westeros and the languages of the Free Cities, which descend from High Valyrian. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce you to the Dothraki language (or Lekh Dothraki) little by little, but here's an overview of some of the basic facts that lay the foundation for what's to come.
Before delving into the grammar of Dothraki, let's go over some of the basic details. One of the first things one learns about a language is how the basic elements of the language fit together to form phrases and clauses. To begin, let's go over some terminology you'll remember from English class: