‘Game of Thrones’ fans can learn High Va­lyr­ian lan­guage on app

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — View­ers anx­iously await­ing the re­turn of “Game of Thrones’’ can get an early start on the ac­tion with a les­son in High Va­lyr­ian. Lan­guage-teach­ing app Duolingo and Amer­i­can lin­guist David J. Peter­son drafted a vir­tual course that lets fans pick up the fic­tional vo­cab­u­lary spo­ken on HBO’s show. It’s most com­monly used by Daen­erys — the ruler known as the Mother of Dragons — on the se­ries, but Va­lyr­ian has quickly be­come a dy­ing lan­guage as many of the char­ac­ters get killed off. Petersen was in­stru­men­tal in adapt­ing the fic­tional lan­guage used sparsely by au­thor Ge­orge R.R. Martin in the fan­tasy nov­els “A Song of Ice and Fire,’’ on which the TV show is based.

He started build­ing the lan­guage with those parts, in par­tic­u­lar phrases like “Valar Morghulis,’’ or “All men must die,’’ and “Valar Do­haeris’’ or “All men must serve.’’ “Game of Thrones’’ re­turns to HBO Canada on Sun­day.

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