Ever heard of conlanging? It’s a bizarre-sounding word that means something pretty amazing. Conlangers create entire languages–J.R.R. Tolkien might be one of the most famous conlangers with his creation of fourteen languages to be used by different races of dwellers in Middle Earth. Thanks to modern conlangers, we have languages like Klingon, Na’vi, and more recently, Dothraki.
When you’re listening to people speak Dothraki on Game of Thrones, it doesn’t sound like the actors are simply making random sounds to slightly resemble a language, and there’s a reason for that. Dothraki, a conlang (constructed language) created by David Peterson, is a fully-formed language with a vocabulary, linguistic history, sounds, and grammar. You can hear Peterson talk about creating languages a bit in this video:
While it can be hard to find resources to learn specific conlangs, this is not the case with Dothraki. No longer do you have to study an extensive English to Dothraki dictionary; Living Language has made an actual online course to help you learn Dothraki more easily.
Living Language creates courses with a four-step system to teach you an entire language rather than loading you up with vocabulary, and now they’ve used their methods to help students learn Dothraki. You have the option of taking the course online, with a CD, and also through their companion app for the iOS. You can even check out a sample lesson for free to get your feet wet. The language courses have a wide variety of prices so whatever your budget, there’s probably a course that will work for you.
Have you ever learned a conlang? Have you used the Living Language Dothraki course? What are some conlang-learning tips you wish you knew when you started learning conlangs? Tell us about it in the comments!
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