Game Of Thrones' fans can now learn High Valyrian, one of the fictional languages spoken on the show, using the Duolingo app.
Any of you reading this who have attempted to learn a new language will know how difficult it can be. There's a reason why schools in some countries teach children a number of languages from a very young age. When we're small, our brains are like sponges. They are trying to take on as much new information as possible as we develop, so exposure to multiple languages as a child makes it far more likely that you'll become multilingual.
As an adult, it's a little trickier. That's annoying as for many of us, we don't have the desire to learn a new language until we get a little older. While learning a new language is difficult enough, creating a brand new one from scratch is something we can't even fathom. For David Peterson, it's his day job. Peterson has created two languages for Game Of Thrones, High Valyrian and Dothraki, and recently broke down the process of doing so with CBS.
While he used elements of existing languages from around the world to create Dothraki, piecing together High Valyrian was a little harder. Peterson explains "there were only two phrases: 'valar morghulis' — all men must die —and 'valar dohaeris' — all men must serve." From those two very short phrases, he managed to develop an entire language. It's the tongue you'll hear Daenerys Targaryen speaking from time to time.
"I used those as a template, fleshed out the rest of the verbal system, the rest of the noun system, and then built on from there," Peterson went on to say. It wasn't a case of simply creating the sentences needed for the show either. There is actually an entire High Valyrian language and fans of the show can learn it themselves via the Duolingo app.
This isn't the first time a show has spawned an entirely new language. Star Trek fans have been speaking Klingon for years, and there are a number of languages that spawned from Lord Of The Rings. If you do consider yourself a big enough GoT fan to learn High Valyrian, we would recommend you take it seriously. For those of you who haven't used Duolingo before, the last thing you want to do is upset the app's mascot. You have been warned.