All new High Valyrian content… with audio!
Dear language enthusiasts of Duolingo,
Winter is so here. Are you equipped to deal with it? Duolingo's got your back. A new version of the High Valyrian course is now available—with audio! In addition to the brand new voice recordings, there is fresh new vocabulary and content added as well. Give it a try here!
As you might remember, Dedalvs, the main contributor of the High Valyrian course here at Duolingo, is David J. Peterson, the actual constructor of the High Valyrian language. He built the language used in the TV show Game of Thrones based on a few sentences and words sprinkled throughout George R. R. Martin’s books. You’ll be happy to know that he is also the person responsible for the new Duolingo High Valyrian course audio recordings.
We have recently started allowing contributors of courses that did not have auto-generated audio to record voices to add to the course. We are so happy that Dedalvs took charge of recording the audio for this course, making High Valyrian one of the first languages with contributor-recorded audio available to learners (the other one being Hawaiian).
You can read more about the language on the wikipedia page, and also learn more about David and the course on several interviews online. Check out these recent stories on Reuters, Buzzfeed News and CBS (this one contains big spoilers for a previous season). You can also follow @dedalvs on Twitter.
We are honored that Dedalvs, Amorena3 and MadLatinist have dedicated their time to share this language with us, and given us all the opportunity to learn High Valyrian and its proper pronunciation directly from David, just like the actors from the television show.
Give the course and new audio a try as well, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Update: Don't miss the video interview we did with Dedalvs in April 2019
This is really nice to hear. I'm glad for people studying High Valerian. I'm also very excited about the possibility of having audio on the new Latin course (at least at some point in the future). But this makes me eager to ask a question about this new development:
Will the option of adding contributer-generated audio recordings be extended to languages with TTS audio?
Most of the courses have very good TTS that is an essential and well-loved part of Duolingo, and it should stay that way. But there are a few sentences with some very unfortunate errors that contributors did not have any means to fix. This could be a way to remedy that issue.
And finally, are you considering the option of giving contributers the possibility to replace every sentence audio with a recording made by a speaker? I am wondering if that might be too resource-intensive.
It is great that so many fans are diving into this language. One great aspect of being a linguist is having such an appreciation for all languages and their origins, as well as learning those languages that have been around for some time and learning a few just for fun. Hats off to David, Duolingo, and everyone else who contributed to the High Valyrian course.
there's a really cool interview on a recent "The Allusionist" podcast episode:
Yayy! I give support for Duo and team to help advance a 'how-to', how a language is constructed -so as to make it work well with pleasing effects!!
just as for how a thing/bridge/plane/boat/engine/rocket/spaceship is constructed -better and better. Extra extra extra cheers to counter those that put down or envy. Yes to language engineering and language appreciation.
I intend to conquer the tree tonight. I'm so happy LOL! "Let's get ready to rumble!"
Thank you for letting us know about it!
EDIT: I'm really looking forward to watching the last season of Game of Thrones.
Love the upgrades. So generous of DJP to put so much time and effort into this course. The other languages I study I have buddies to practice with or books to read. Conlangs are trickier to learn. We are fortunate to have David Peterson, the actual creator, involved in all aspects of the course. Kirimvose!
Well, there's my chance of sleeping tonight, flying away like a green owl. Duo is watching from his throne above. We are no longer safe here. I fear we must give up our streaks, or perhaps our lingots to give tribute to him, and bend the knee of course. Also quick note there Duo, sitting on a bunch of swords is a serious safety hazard. Just saying. NOT TO BE RUDE YOUR MAJESTY, I'm just concerned for your um, well-being.