15:11 GMT21 January 2021
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    Just days before the seventh season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” hits TV screens nationwide, Duolingo, a popular language learning app, has launched its beta-stage course on High Valyrian.

    The language is mostly spoken by Daenerys Targaryen, the don’t-mess-with-me-or-I’ll-scorch-you Mother of Dragons, who is one of the shows leading characters. 

    Created mostly from scratch, linguist David J. Peterson constructed the language around two key phrases from George R.R. Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels: Valar Morghulis and Valar Dohaeris. For those not yet in tune with the lingo, the first translates to "all men must die," while the other says "all men must serve." 

    Despite Peterson’s self-proclaimed authority on the language, the show’s fans continue to tweet him to correct mis-translations of the Thrones-based dialect, according to The Verge. 

    While most dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to learn the fictional language with the help of several online dictionaries, Duolingo’s course is the first time an official roadmap has been established for people around the world.  

    It’s safe to say, many are feeling pretty excited about the opportunity.

    ​For others, a legit language like Spanish doesn’t even stand a chance.

    ​So if you want to break free and become the Mother of Dragons – minus the fire-breathing lizards, of course – with the help of Duolingo, you’ll also be able to learn everything from High Valyrian phonology to verb conjugation.

    Forget learning a real-world language, right?


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