When Dan Weiss and David Benioff adapted George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series into the HBO show "Game of Thrones," they also decided to bring the language spoken by the Dothraki in the books to life. David J. Peterson, a linguist and language creator, was brought on to build an entire language out of the few words shown in Martin's books. Now, whether you wish to be prepared for marathon viewing parties or travels through the steppes of Essos, there's Peterson's new Living Language Dothraki course, complete with a book and CD packed with Dothraki phrases and grammar, to make sure you can converse with the locals. Below, we've excerpted a few key phrases to ensure at least your greetings and farewells go smoothly.
To begin with, you should know how to greet a person in Dothraki. We’ll learn more about how some of these individual expressions work grammatically later in this course; for now, just memorize these as set expressions.