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Video interview with the creator of High Valyrian

We interviewed David J. Peterson (aka Dedalvs here on Duolingo), the creator of the High Valyrian language.

Watch now on Youtube (8:48)

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Gary Interviewing David J Peterson for Duolingo

See previous related post: All new High Valyrian content... now with audio!
Check out Dedalvs brand new TED talk: The Greatest Invention in the History of the World
Read about High Valyrian languages here

Give the High Valyrian course a try, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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April 25, 2019

70 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DavidDuolinguer

I'm proud of the Duolingo's work, all of you are the best. Always surprising us.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Itza131726

Nice job

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

Yay! I love conlangs!

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

I love them but I just can't put time into them.

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bryson426921

i call bs you cleary got the time

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/traceurj

He's got 5 kids right now. He could've amassed those levels years ago - when he 'had more time'.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/daawesomes2

Holy crap man! That's a lot of languages, how do you keep it up? Are you on like 8 hours a day?

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AAAAAAAAzap18

i have a lot of languages but i only do irish for school

edit: ok nice the inactive ones got removed off the list

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezj3313

He probably does 1-3 languages a day

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannah991447

wow i can barely keep up with french once a day

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AddisynWoo1

HA HA same dude welcome 2 the club.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

Same here. I would love to actually learn a conlang, but Norwegian is just more important to me atm.

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CanadianItalien

That is a lot of flags

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AddisynWoo1

IKR??

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OCeallaigh17

That's a lot of languages

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeyadAhmed10631

Great work bud

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AddisynWoo1

Holy moly, how do have the time 4 this?!?!?!?!?! I can't really even do the 4 I'm currently doing!!!!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielVanD18

Wow, I can't believe someone created a whole language, let alone it's on Duo! This is amazing!

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike899735

I have only ever heard of the language of High Valyrian with Duolingo, does it have any practical use and where is it spoken?

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kelly_Tacker

High Valyrian is a fictional language, I believe it's from the Game of Thrones series.

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OCeallaigh17

Yep, Game of Thrones. It originated on old Valyria I believe.

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sonnenkrieger
April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikey814181

Yeah... You are gonna be slightly dissapointed when you realise that it is from Game Of Thrones...

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeFraser04

Next year I will be taking my French GCSE's. Thank goodness to the memes about Duolingo I feel that I could succeed (not to be cheesy or anything) You guys make British school kids lives a lot less stressful, Thank you.

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Chocolate_girl_

I would love to try a fictional language as my 6th one!

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielVanD18

But you’ve only got two?(assuming you are learning Spanish from English)

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lethonix_Bancaco

You just brought them back to reality.

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/george.vlachos

wow! so awesome !!!

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/WhitefangSP

Okey, I lived to see the day x) Kirine iksan. Kirimvose Duolingo. /-)

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kdhy11

Dankon! I'm a languages / communications buff from waaay back. It is always so inspiring to hear others remind us all that languages open our horizons, give us a chance to experience our world in a new way. Whether they are living modern languages, endangered languages, "dead" languages or one of the hundreds of constructed languages that have turned up through time -- they all are part of our human legacy, and part of just being human. In the modern world, we could all use a little more humanity.

And while there are many, many things about the "web" / internet that I loathe and detest, that same web is the salvation of minority languages. Without the web, they would be like leaves falling in an autumn forest -- who would know or care? With the web, a language can gain support and respect from around the world. Projects like Duolingo can be proud of the role they play.

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jordan405343

I just want to know how many people get to "test out" of the High Valyrian basic levels... ;)

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vepres

I've never been able to get into learning a second language before but the cool factor of High Valyrian is motivating me to actually learn something new. I don't really care that its made up, all languages are made up anyway.

Being able to move on to more practical languages after High Valyrian will be the most beneficial aspect of this course for me.

Plus I DM for my D&D group and learning a "fantasy" language can really add to the immersion when the players run into an NPC that they can't understand.

May 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/WereWolfie28

thats so cool!

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lolokittens4ever

Wow! I can't believe somebody actually made up a whole language. How much time did that take?!

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/everything.laiba

Ikr? And then there's Tolkien who made like 4 or smth. Not that they were 100% developed but still. Even languages aside, the amount of backstory he's written is amazing (Yh this isn't even about Duolingo anymore I'm just fangirling) Duo plzzz do Sindarin ;-; Tolkien fans where u at? <3

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/-Hodge-

I still tell the story of the yellow bushes in Ireland that you re-named in Dothraki @dedalvs! Hope you are well.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bobthedrag1

cool

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyRodge861044

hi i love this program!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyFilms

Amazing!

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/StevenCopeland

lol this is epic!

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cameron2138

high valyrian is a good course to try

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cameron2138

:)

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Blackpanth274

This language is a language in: a song of ice and fire and Game of Thrones

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OCeallaigh17

Winter is Coming

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Diamondplays262

Keep up the good work, Duolingo!

I really enjoy you guys courses and i have learned a lot!

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Beefjer

cool beans

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/soccerstar99595

I wanted to do High Valaryian but how do you pronounce it?Anyway good job on making it.Where can you use High Valaryian in also?

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JapKor19

The lessons include the prononciation. Try it, I haven't done it in a while, but it seemed intresting.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/soccerstar99595

I know that but I can´t even do the easiest one.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikey184382

Cool

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorMcAl11

you are the best

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmirKutun_

Cool

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Blackpanth274

I love Duolingo because I travel a lot and I can just use it on the go

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/venenahipopso

i think its great!

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexPlummer1

cool

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lola_Milner

well done :)

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/everything.laiba

Can someone plz explain to me the difference between a conlang and a "normal" language? Apparently a conlang is an artificially created one, but how can that be? If it's created it's created... Right? (Apparently not) Plz help meh ;-;

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vepres

I think the only real difference is conlangs don't have native speakers unless people make their children fluent or that they aren't recognized as official languages by government agencies

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/S.A.Debre

Isn't Esperanto technically a conlang though? There are millions of Esperanto speakers.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JoanAsensi

Lol

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.olieman

I had been on Duolingo for a little while and was already dead set on sinking a bunch of free time into it when I saw David on The Daily Show (personally I think Trevor Noah is best when on the topic of languages).

I love GoT, fantasy and sci-fi in general and have had great respect for Tolkien and his language creation since high school. So when I learned this guy David had written a book, The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building, the planets aligned. I devoured it.

From the seemingly infinite ways humans can produce vowels and consonants to many different cases to an overview on writing systems, his book taught me a lot and it built my confidence to take on a variety of new languages. Fluency was never my main objective. Instead I sought to confirm what I learned in his book. I owe my obsession in part to you Dedalvs.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Muskanmusk3

It's really worth to have such source of learning languages

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirville2

I am just a little disappointed that more people learn Klingon and High Walyrian on Duolingo than Esperanto : Esperanto is a conlang but it has quite a large basin of speakers that use it as easily as if it were a natural language : it is actually spoken by more people than many languages limited to even smaller peoples. But the main thing is that Esperanto while not as perfect as many claim is much more than a constructed language : it is a hope, it is a space of hope beyond the tyranny of national imperialistic languages where more effort is put asserting one's status than communicating with others or imparting them enjoyment. Esperanto will never supersede English as a global business language : first of all that's not its ambition to become a new imperial language instead of the present ones : it rather has the ambition to provide to everybody on the planet with an easy and beautiful alternative to imperial languages and to communicate with others outside the logic of cultural imperialism, and the best placed to appreciate its fundamental quality are the American people themselves, as it would allow them an easier way to communicate with other nations without forcing them into the American culture as defined by institutions most of them don't agree or don't agree that much with. English has nothing to fear from Esperanto, learning Esperanto exerts quite the same positive effect on the quality of one's English as Latin used to do when it was taught in public schools, but as a far lesser schooling cost. I see Esperanto as a new kind of Latin better adapted to our times. But Klingon and High Walyrian, despite being as interesting as Esperanto as for the theoretical aspect of developing conlangs, go most contrary to the hope represented by Esperanto : whereas Esperanto aims at fostering a space of peace and hope for a better world beyond the clash of empires and civilizations vindicated by Huntingdon and other neocons, Klingon opens up to a future when humanity even beyond its home planet is never capable of entering peace with itself and meets with even more agressive empires as it undertakes exploration beyond the stars. Despite being a conlang Esperanto does possess an aesthetic quality of some sort that makes it as viable as an opera language as Italian can be, it does have a kind of crooning quality that make people who know neither language find translations into Esperanto of renowned songs in French by Piaf or Chevalier even better. Klingon on the other hand seems to be purposefully designed to be disharmonious to the human ear so as to express the triumph of military spartan values throughout the Universe.

May 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Smidr

That's a huuuuge piece of work - a creation of a new language. And also a piece of art. I'm full of admiration for a creator because I know that the creation process of any language is long and complex. He managed it and did it perfectly!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jas638300

Gracias

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Md.KamrulH5

Jar alasker sevenska

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JonathanUr580391

You know, when I started to use Duolingo I was actually using it to learn my sixth language. I have never used Duolingo to learn English, French or Italian, the foreign languages that I speak kind of fluently, let alone my two mother tongues (Spanish and Catalan), so my first flag in Duolingo was actually my sixth language.

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May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AddisynWoo1

I am trying to learn this neat language!!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChelseaKna1

i love duolingo's work. they have made talking french so much easier to say even tho im not a french person. its almost like i was a french person when i was born but i wasn't so i really wish i was. but im english.

May 16, 2019
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