‘Game of Thrones’: How to speak Dothraki and influence people


“Game of Thrones” fans: How often have you thought to yourself, ‘Wow, I really wish I could speak Dothraki!”

Your wish is about to come true with the first and only official Dothraki course.

Language and culture consultant David Peterson, who devised the language of the Dothraki culture for the HBO series, has prepared “Living Language Dothraki,” which is being called the first-ever course in a created language.


Peterson wrote and narrates the course, which will go on sale Oct. 7 from the HBO Store ( An expanded online course will be available at

“Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as do’s and don’ts.” said the press notes. “For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior an ifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.”

Added the release, “Fans will be able to master the language and join Daenerys on her march toward King’s Landing to reclaim the Iron Throne.”

The Dothraki book and CD package features a pronunciation guide, basic phrases, a detailed guide to grammar, 200 vocabulary words organized in 11 thematic lists, a dialogue, culture notes, and 50 written exercise questions to test your Dothraki. The accompanying one-hour audio CD features pronunciation, phrases, key grammar examples, vocabulary and a dialogue.

Said Peterson in a statement: “I’m thrilled to be working with Living Language to produce the first Dothraki text. This book will take you from arakh to zhavvorsa in no time, and the audio samples will help you perfect your pronunciation.”