UC Berkeley Offers Course On Imaginary Language Of Dothraki From ‘Game Of Thrones’

Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen


It costs $29,572 (In state) or $52,450 (Out of state) to attend University of California at Berkeley for one year. So you really want to maximize your parents’ money that you stole. What better use of their hard-earned money than to take a course for an imaginary language! That’s right, UC Berkeley is now offering a course that will teach students Dothraki, the fantasy language from Game of Thrones.

David J. Peterson, the linguist that developed the make believe Dothraki language used by the nomadic horse-mounted warriors in Essos, will be teaching students how to speak like Khal Drogo.

“[The class is] best understood as an art course, the same way a figure drawing course might include a fairly rigorous component on human anatomy,” Peterson justifies his six-week course and Berkeley salary.

You’ll learn important sayings such as:

Ifas maisi yeri. – Go walk with your mother.
Anha zalak asshekhqoyi vezhvena yeraan! – I wish you a happy birthday!
Ezas eshna gech ahilee! – Find another hole to dig!

Taking this class is one way to ensure that your art history is even more worthless.

If you want to spend your parents’ money on an overpriced fake language class at UC Berkeley that’s cool. However, I think you should know that the EXACT same guy teaching the class at Berkeley peddles a package that includes a book and CD (A what?) for a mere $19.99.

Features a pronunciation guide, basic phrases, a detailed guide to grammar, 250 vocabulary words organized in eleven 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.

Berkeley even translated their fight song, “Sons of California,” into Dothraki.

I do hope that the professor teaches his students how to say, “For only $2 you can upgrade your Big Mac to a Big Mac Combo Meal that includes a medium fries and soft drink” in Dothraki.

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