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High Valyrian is in Beta!

YES! I have been waiting for this course and now High Valyrian is in beta! Congrats to the High Valyrian team! You guys have worked so hard to make this course available for us (the learners)! Thank you so much Team High Valyrian!

July 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/em7ec

This is great, thanks!

Will audio be added at some point down the line, or not, since it's a constructed language?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

In the short term, someone has built a nice Memrise course with audio: https://www.memrise.com/course/1586994/duolingo-high-valyrian-audio-wip/

That complements the Duo course very well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beth231200

That is perfect. I just downloaded the Memrise app; it is very easy to use and has audio. Sorry for such a basic question, but since it seems to have the same vocabulary as the Duolingo one that was just released, how was the course created so quickly? Anyway, definitely a useful learning tool, and easy to use on the go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

Many courses have an alpha version before the beta is released. I was one of the testers for the Japanese course before it came out, for instance. I would think this course was created by a tester.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

My best guess is that it'll be like Swahili - they released it without audio, so as to be able to get it released earlier, with a plan to add the audio later on.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

According to the Incubator updates, the Swahili audio is ready to be added. However, Duolingo still has not added the audio to the course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliverBens1

Pretty cool that I can learn High Valyrian for free! Hopefully we get audio one day!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheConlanger

I'm excited to be learning this beautiful conlang!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nebelung1

As a fan of "a song of ice and fire" and the TV-series, I will definitely give this a go! :) Super cool!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atomicpianowiz

So excited to get learning on High Valyrian! I'm not really a Game of Thrones fan (I want to be bc it seems cool) but I am interested in constructed languages. So cool!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atomicpianowiz

I know sometimes I get confused about the pronunciation (especially without audio). I put the letter-by-letter guide in another tab for quick reference, but I was wondering if there are any exceptions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atomicpianowiz

"K, P, T are pronounced similar to English, but without aspiration (compare "pie" to "spy". The Valyrian P is pronounced as in "spy")." What does this mean?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

I looked aspiration up in the dictionary for a correct definition of the word in pronouncing a sound, and the phonetic definition of the word aspiration is this: "the action of pronouncing a sound with an exhalation of breath." Then I compared pie to spy again. You can tell that you are aspiring while saying the "p" in pie, while in spy, the "p" is much clearer and without aspiration.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

As for the other two (K and T) you would pronounce the High Valyrian "k" like the "ck" in tack as opposed to the "k" in kite. The "t" would be pronounced like it is in hat not like in time.


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    what a fantastic language!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geraldbrazell

    Thank you! Im very excited!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

    Is it not finished or is it a glitch? I can't get past phrases 1, it just stays locked.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yell-heah

    Go to the next skill by using the direct link, https://www.duolingo.com/skill/hv/Basics-2 . After I completed that skill, the other skill (Demonstratives) opened up, and the rest of the course has unlocked normally so far. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

    There was a bug with Duolingo for a few hours. It wasn't a bug with this course.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

    still fun so far though


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

    Yes, I know! I have been really excited for this course! I'm glad it's finally out.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

    The same thing happened to me. I'm not sure if it's not finished or a glitch, though I'm guessing the latter. The course is in beta. I hope the team is working to fix it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

    You seem to be able to test them out but I don't have the skills to find out if that will work or not


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beth231200

    So excited about this! I started my first lesson last night on the computer -- it's fun! But it doesn't seem to be available on my Android phone. Is that feature on the way?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

    Courses are usually released on the web for a while first. Once they're bedded in a bit, they release them for the android app, usually after a couple of months.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beth231200

    Moooooonths? Sigh. Well, still happy to have the course!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xefjord

    you can go to the duolingo website on.your phone and still do the courses


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

    Unfortunately, Japanese was first released to iOS and then Android, and it still, after a long time since its release, isn't on the website.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PianoFish

    Fantastic! I'm going on holiday in a few days (the day after the first episode airs in the UK) so will really be looking forward to having a crack at this when I get back.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StephanyRosario

    I'm so happy and excited to learn this language. Go High Valyrian!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fotogrlnic

    It won't locate it on my app. I can find it and study it on the computer, but not on my mobile devices. Any tips? I did do an update a few minutes ago...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

    Most courses appear on the web first, before they are released on mobile devices. It usually takes a month or two for the newly released courses to make their way onto mobile devices. High Valyrian is not on the app yet, although you could always go to the website on your phone's browser and do the lessons.

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