"Geros ilas. Valar morghūlis."
Translation:Farewell. All men must die.
I'm wondering about the pronunciation of /g/ in High Valyrian.
Using the dialogue from Game of Thrones as context, the /g/ sound in "valar morghūlis" is pronounced hard, like the g in go.
Interestingly, the orthography used here for a hard g is gh. But we see g appear without beinf followed by h, such as in the phrase "geros ilas."
So I'm wondering if other sounds that g could possible reresent, such as "zh" or throat Spanish "ch," exist in High Valyrian and are represented by g without an h, or rather there is only one /g/ sound and differences in orthography are just happenstance.
I currently don't have access to the show to check for differing pronunciations (and as a made up language I guess it doesn't really matter haha
According to the phonology guide, "gh" is actually pronounced like a German "r". Just "g" is pronounced the same way as in English. Maybe the pronounciation in the show stems from changes between High and Low Valyrian?
Yeah, there's a difference in pronunciation of low and high Valyrian for one. There's also the thing that each character has a different knowledge/ability in Valyrian and their knowledge can come from different places, so there's apparently some amount of this inbuilt into what they say and how they say it
But I'd be interested in knowing what other learners think about the matter.