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Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions
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Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions

Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions

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.

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Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions
David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con
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David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con

David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con

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. 

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David Peterson Gives a Dothraki Language Lesson at Comic-Con
Interview With Linguist David Peterson
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Interview With Linguist David Peterson

Interview With Linguist David Peterson

The Common Tongue is spoken in Westeros, but that's not the case across the Narrow Sea. Missandei's translations for Daenerys and her entourage are the work of David Peterson, the linguist who created Dothraki, High Valyrian and multiple dialects of Low Valyrian. By his own estimate, Peterson has crafted over 5,000 words. 

Peterson shares the unique challenges of creating languages for the show, writing dialogue for Dany and what 'Monty Python' has to do with Meereen.

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Interview With Linguist David Peterson
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Leeches, Dragons and a Bear: Behind the Scenes of Episodes 307 and 308

Leeches, Dragons and a Bear: Behind the Scenes of Episodes 307 and 308

By Cat Taylor

One of the things that I’m always amazed by when I watch the show is how easy it is to forget the amount of work that goes into creating each set. The tent in which Robb learns he’s about to be a father was actually built on ‘A’ Stage, one of two new sound stages at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast. It was designed by Gemma Jackson and then decorated by Set Dec and the Props departments with fabrics and furniture brought in from as far away as India – each piece was specially chosen to reflect the feel and style of House Stark. The scroll Talisa is writing was actually written in the Valyrian language, translated by our wonderful language creator, David J. Peterson.

In the same way that so many departments are involved in a short scene, many locations are often used to tell a single storyline. By now you will have seen the spectacular Ice Wall climb in Episode 306 and so much of Iceland's stunning scenery in the wildlings' approach to it. But by the time we see Orell and Ygritte in the woods, we are back in Toome, Northern Ireland. The scene was filmed back in September, six weeks before we went north of the Wall.

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