The Duolingo owl wants to teach you even more of Game of Thrones’ High Valyrian

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha July 19, 2022
Updated 2022/08/05 at 11:55 AM

With HBO’s House of Dragons premiering in less than a month, you’ll be hard-pressed to catch up on your Valyrian High during its premiere when you’re trying to watch all of the Game of Thrones. Of course, few of them will, but for those looking for a less time-consuming way to learn a fictional language or refresh their skills, Duolingo has an alternative. At the launch of Dragon House, Duolingo is expanding its High Valyrian curriculum with 150 new words created by fictional linguist David J. He co-wrote the language of HBO’s Game of Thrones and House of Dragons with Peterson. Duolingo’s expanded High Valyrian course also features over 700 new sentences directly related to House of the Dragon, and the company is set to begin rolling out a series of ads across the US featuring the language meant to test people’s skills.

Unlike in Game of Thrones, where Daenerys Targaryen was one of the last living people fluent in High Valyrian, the language is alive and well in the time of House of the Dragon — a prequel series set 200 years in the past before House Targaryen’s fall. Although the High Valyrian language is present in many key moments of Game of Thrones, Peterson said that there was a lot of the language in the first season of House of the Dragon, and he hopes to expand it if the series continues. Although House of the Dragon won’t debut until August 21, 2022, the advanced version of Duolingo is available now.

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