Why did you choose Valyrian?
I was wondering the reasons for people choosing to learn High Valyrian, other than "it's a conlang" and "it's from Game of Thrones".
I'm interested to see why people chose this language, and if any chose it that didn't really get into GoT. Nothing against the show...
The creator is brilliant and knows how to create language in a naturalistic way. I find that fascinating.
Hey Shelly I just started learning High Valyrian like a week ago probably, and Im around the aquatic part of the lessons just wondering were you able to kinda master the language and would you consider yourself fluent in it? I think High Valyrian is a awesome language and look forward to learning it every day.
I saw by chance a post on Quora, saying that the Duolingo was teaching the high Valyrian. I never expected that this fictionnal language really existed. No need more reason, I love GoT, I'm curious and I love originality. In the future, i'll make all my poste on social media on High valyrian just for fun
So, High Valyrian, why this? Really, it was super nerdy, but not Klingon. Also, there is not so much pressure in learning it because you won't just "run into" native speakers. So it's just a fun thing. My husband has learned a few words because of pop culture or he thinks they sound funny. Various parts of the word "skorkydoso" come out of him on a regular basis. It has been a fun language to learn, even if locative case is kicking my ass.
Ive only just started learning it a few hours ago, but its pretty damn easy. Its the easiest language i've come across so far. I've always wanted to learn another language but most languages are either too boring or too difficult. High Valyrian is like the easiest badass language to learn. Plus it was like 2am and my sleep schedule is all sorts of ❤❤❤❤❤❤ so i need some way to pass the time lmao
Get back to me on that once you've encountered all the declinations and cases.
Well, you can memorize some charts, but like almost any other language, High Valyrian has many irregularities. It's important to read the light bulbs. They offer reliable information that helps greatly over the course of learning. Plus you need to watch out and pay attention to every word, as a single different letter or diacritic sign (or the lack or presence of those) can change the word's case or number and therefore change the entire sentence. Also learning noun declensions is not necessarily easy if your first language is one that doesn't decline verbs much, like English.
I found Norwegian to be the easiest language to learn, because with a background of German (my mothertongue) and English (the first language I learned at school), much of the vocabulary and grammar comes natural to me. In contrast, High Valyrian seems rather difficult. But I get those "It's 2am, I can't sleep, might as well learn a new language" moments :-) For me those where Hebrew, Swahili, and Esperanto once. Not that I really followed through, though tbh...
After reading the books I watched some clips from the show on Youtube, and thought "Hey, they actually designed some comelangs for this, how cool."
Since I've always rather liked inflected languages, after finding a free course for High Valyrian on Duolingo I decided to give both the platform and the language a try. The course was still rather short at that time (november last year) so I completed it for the first time in about two weeks, consulting the wikipedia article and dothraki.org when I got confused about grammar. (Since I mostly use Duo on the Android app during my daily commute, it wasn't until much later that I discovered the light bulbs. When I did, that certainly made my day :-) )
Well, I've been watching GOT since 2012 (Gee, That makes me feel old) and all my friends as well, but they started learning the language to have conversations in I couldn't understand, since I felt excluded, I'm learning the language and I am currently Past the level of understanding in the language than my colleagues. So thanks Duolingo for that platform of learning which helped me with expanding my knowledge beyond the show.
I look it as being if you learn french you can literally go to france and be able to communicate with the people there. Even meeting someone from france in my own country and being able to communicate with them is great. But if I EVER meet someone who also spoke HV it will be an instant connection. Putting in the time to learn something that a smaller population of people are learning and finding someone else that knows it would make my year.
I chose it mainly because it is unique and I like the way it sounds. Plus i think it would be cool to actually speak to others in this language and actually have it grow.
Honestly, I thought that picking up a language that was more "just for fun" would be a good way to unwind when Japanese got overwhelming. Which it can for a number of reasons, none of them being "it's just so hard". For obvious reasons, Klingon, High Valyrian, and any other language that originated in a fictional universe were the best candidates. Don't even watch or read Game of Thrones, though I have shown interest. It looks like a well crafted story and world, but (and I'd say this whether me and my family were religious or not) the more racy stuff is just plain distracting. Like, Martin, your story is good enough to work without the porn, you don't need to rely on it.
Now, I focus on it quite simply because it's the shortest course I'm on now, and I'm trying to reduce the ones I have. I do intend to learn everything Duolingo has to teach, lofty a goal as it is, and I don't wanna bog myself down by tackling too many courses at once.
But I agree with Graerys, Duolingo does need Latin. Learning all the other languages gets easier once you start seeing common patterns in vocabulary, and learning root languages can go a long way towards that.
Because Latin wasn't there.... Seriously. I was looking for a language that might serve as a framework for understanding grammar better as an aid to learning Latin as and when it became available, and there wasn't anything much else I wanted to learn (Got German, French and Thai - also not available!!! - already). I could have zapped off into Portuguese or something as Latin 'lite', but that seemed to be the wrong way round. And why not?....
because its interesting to speak a strange and weird language, and no one will understand anything lol. + I wanna learn it because I Im a big fan for Game of thrones.
I read a news article about duolingo offering a high valyrian course, love GOT and Muna Zaldrizoti Daenerys Targaryen has always been one of my favorites. Tried a couple lessons and I'm hooked. Finished the high valyrian in 60 days, now i just practice daily for my steak.