Game of Thrones spawns an app to help fans learn to speak Dothraki
Languages created for TV shows can have a powerful fascination for fans: just look at Star Trek’s Klingon language for proof of that. Game of Thrones’ Dothraki language also fits into the trend.
Now publisher Random House wants to help fans of the HBO drama to learn the language spoken by its fierce horse-mounted warriors, with a mobile app called Dothraki Companion .
Released for iPhone and iPad, the app is the work of David J. Peterson, who was responsible for creating the language for Game of Thrones.
It promises games, more than 300 vocabulary flashcards, a grammar summary, culture notes and a “conversational dialogue” to complement the publisher’s Living Language Dothraki book and audio course.
“The Dothraki Companion app will arm you with enough vocabulary and grammar to have a complete conversation in Dothraki,” promises its App Store listing, throwing in one of the more famous Dothraki phrases – “Me nem nesa” (it is known) – for good measure.
The project is not the first app based on Game of Thrones, and the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books that it is based on. Publisher HarperCollins has already released A Game of Thrones: The Official Companion , while Random House has George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire – A Game of Thrones Guide .
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones has also spawned a social and mobile game, Game of Thrones Ascent , released by games firm Kongregate, while its Hodor character has inspired a keyboard replacement app for Android, which fulfils the pressing need for fans – those who aren’t typing in Dothraki, anyway – to replace all their words with “Hodor”.
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