We may have found the perfect thing to keep Game of Thrones fans occupied during the long wait for season five.
We've got just two episodes of season four left before we have to say goodbye to Westeros until next spring, and it won't be long until Game of Thrones withdrawal sets in. Sure, you'll re-watch the episodes (maybe skipping a few gross parts) and break out your box sets from past seasons. You'll browse merchandise. You'll read, or re-read, the books. You'll surf the fan-made wikis and you'll read George R.R. Martin's "Not A Blog" in the hope that some new tidbit of Song of Ice and Fire news will drift your way. But it won't be enough, at least for some of you. Now, you can fill that Iron Throne-shaped void by learning to speak Dothraki.
On October 7, Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course, designed by linguist and Dothraki language creator David J. Peterson, will be released in two different formats that will allow you to chat up anyone in Vaes Dothrak with ease. For $19.99, you get a book/CD set that features 200 vocabulary words, a guide to basic Dothraki phrases, notes on Dothraki culture, grammar guides and 50 written exercises. If you want a little more, you can fork over $30 for the expanded online edition of the course, which will feature hundreds more vocabulary words, more pronunciation guides, and interactive games. And for an extra $3.99, you'll be able to download a companion app that features flashcards and other interactive features.
Peterson's been crafting fictional languages for nearly 15 years, working on everything from Game of Thrones to Syfy's Defiance. He's crafted more than 4,000 Dothraki words, along with words in the Valyrian tongues, for Game of Thrones, and he's made news in the past with pronunciation guides for viewers, including the revelation that we've all been saying the word "Khaleesi" wrong this whole time. He knows more about the languages of Game of Thrones than even George R. R. Martin, so this course looks to be the real deal.
To find out more, visit the course's official site, which also features a sample lesson page.
(Via Rolling Stone)