After the final season of Game of Thrones, it's no better to brush up on High Valyrian, the fantasy language of the show's most powerful characters. Linguist David J. Peterson created both Dothraki and High Valyrian for the HBO series. He came to our office to tell stories about making languages and tips on how to speak Valyrian and which thoughts have the best accent. (Watch the video below for highlights from our interview.)
Peterson has been making languages for over ten years and has worked on creating new languages for a range of television programs and films. He is currently working on several works for the upcoming.
What started Like some phrases in George RR Martin's books has been completely built thanks to Peterson's work Languages developed. High Valyrian, a bit like an old Latin for the Seven Kingdoms, now has more than 2,000 words with real rules and structures. So how can you believe that Valyrian is your native language? Below are some pointers to Peterson – along with some phrases you can use in your everyday life:
1. Roll the Rs
"Roll every" R "you see," says Peterson. Roll it all out, which will give you a nice valyrian accent – besides that, it's just intonation. "
Peterson says that actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, can not always perfect her consonants, "but her intonation is so good and so beautiful that she changes the way I myself pronounce High Valyrian Has."
. 2 Learn from Gray Worm
For Peterson, no one speaks Valyrian as well as actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Gray Worm on the show. "I try as hard as I could, I'll never be as good as he is," Peterson said.
. 3 Learn Valyrian for free on Duolingo
The language learning app Duolingo offers a free course on High-Valyrian, with the lesson being developed and spoken by Peterson. When you hear it, you can find the vowels correctly, and I was surprised how quickly I was able to deal with the basic vocabulary.
The Duolingo team says there has been an increase of 65% in the past two weeks signing up for the High-Valyrian course. Who knows, you might find the challenges worthwhile – or maybe even learn some pickup lines that you can use at a Game of Thrones party.
. 4 Ordering and Shaking a Burger
If you'd like to learn a language best with someone, it may be the most useful (and probably the tastiest) way to order from Shake Shack's secret High Valyrian menu. Peterson worked with the burger chain to design the language for the limited-time menu.
Customers can order a spicy Dracarys burger, a double Monterey Jack cheeseburger with bacon "from Essos". There is also a kite glass shake, a pressed white chocolate pudding with "packed snow being harvested behind the wall" and hand-crafted by Night's Watch members, topped with kite glass shards, black taffy.
But to properly order this meal of fire and ice, you must speak Valyrian. So, if you want the Shake ( Zīrtom Perzomy Rholītsos ), this is pronounced as TER-tom PEHR-zo-mee ro-LEET-sohs. And the burger ( Drakaro Parkliapos ) would be called druh-kar-ro parr-klee-AH-pos.
although I'm not sure what the word for pommes is.
5. Engage in Daily Conversation
Face your fears and find ways to use High Valyrian in your daily life. I petitioned Peterson to phrase a few common phrases to casually plunge into conversations:
Winter Has Arrived: Sōnar mastan
Hold the Door: Nerni ōrēs  Where & # 39; s the bathroom?: Skoriot rāenābion ilza?
I am ill and can not come to work tomorrow: Lumie iksan sepār zān botagon koston daor.
When will the next book come out?: Skorī amāzīlare
Can I have your HBO password? (19459071) (Okay, HBO-Enko Tistaliot ūliapossa mazemagon kostan?
) (Okay, maybe they do not have a Home Box Office in Westeros, but if you are looking for the keys to a High Valyrian person's HBO safe ask, you can tell your friends that you're accessing their account.)
This story was originally published on April 12, 2019.