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Announcements / Worldcon and David Peterson coming to Finland in 2017
« on: August 22, 2015, 08:52:06 pm »
So Helsinki won the bid to host Worldcon in 2017 and David Peterson is going to learn finnish in anticipation of the con.

I'm planning on going so who will be joining me? I'm looking at you Qvaak. Time for a Dothraki meet-up in 2017.

Beginners / Re: Join DW's staff for Dothraki translations
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:07:02 am »
I did some translations at this site. I hopefully got it somewhat correct.

I joined this and it seems like a good alternative to IRC. I especially like that you can easily record voice messages and post them.

Right now there are lots of trolls there pretty much or at least people not discussing Dothraki but once we get more serious people in we can Clean up a little and add a password perhaps.

Beginners / Re: No accusative marker on 'horse'?
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:58:18 am »
The way I see it, it appears almost as though 'horse' functions like a mass noun (~'horse-ness', therefore inanimate), whereas 'stallion', 'steed' etc are specific kinds of horses and therefore animate.

Yes, that's possibly true. Inanimate nouns are often mass nouns.

David has stated that the animacy of nouns make sense when looked at in a historical perspective but not in modern day Dothraki. David started by creating a proto-plains language from 1000 years in the past and then developed Dothraki as a decendant language from that.

This seems like it was a shortlived idea. The videos were posted 5 months ago and since then nothing has happened. I'd leave it with the comment you posted for now until someone more happens.

Beginners / Re: Adjectives
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:04:37 pm »
Zhavvors is the correct form. /rs/ is not a consonant cluster that is disallowed. You can probably hear it when you try to pronounce it that it is pronounced without difficulty while words like alegr or kendr are not easily pronounceable which is why they get an epenthetic /e/ at the end.

With regards to adjectives it's a bit special the way it works in Dothraki. Every adjective can be turned into a verb that means "to be ..." so the adjective haj means strong and that forms the verb hajat which means "to be strong". So when you want to conjugate it you are in fact conjugating the verb and not the adjective.

Beginners / Re: Pleaaasseee help!
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:48:57 am »
I posted a link to the survey to the Learn Dothraki twitter account. Let's see if that helps.

HBO: Game of Thrones / Re: Daenerys Targaryen
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:06:56 am »
First of all, season 4 will deal with the 2nd half of book 3 since that content was spread over 2 seasons since the book is so long. After that you need to know that book 4 and book 5 happen simultaneously so when we get passed the coming season it's probable that they will start drawing content from both book 4 and 5 combined when writing season 5 and 6.

Beginners / Re: First few days
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:23:10 am »

M'athchomaroon, zhey  KhalToddy.

Hash yer dothrae chek, Hrakkar, i have seen that word "zhey" used a few times so when i seen you say it to me i automatically looked it up, it says "vocative marker" i have no idea what that could be but i thought maybe only people with certain "vocations" can have it infront of there title or maybe it distinguishes difference between hobbies and trades/vocations ?

No, vocative means that it marks direct address i.e. that you are talking directly to someone rather than about them. There is an old word in English that had this same function, the word O as is "O ye of little faith" or "But be not thou far from me, O Lord".

In Dothraki it's mainly used in front of a name or a title when you are talking directly to someone like in a greeting etc.

Beginners / Re: First few days
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:13:22 am »
One thing to point out perhaps is that English does do a lot of the same declensions to many words, you might just not think of them like that.

Some examples:

He writes
They kissed

Then you also have more substantial changes to a word like:
I -> me -> my -> mine
We -> our etc.
Teach -> taught

All of the bolded parts are examples of declensions in English. Dothraki just have different ones that are used slightly more.

English also uses prepositions in places where Dothraki use for example a suffix or a prefix:

... from the forrest
... will teach
King of Sweden

Beginners / Re: The verb "elat" and its conjugation
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:13:16 pm »
Very interesting!
By what rule does the /e/ come from in /et/?

It's just epenthetic but it's not really according to any specific rule other than it makes it pronounceable.

Beginners / Re: The verb "elat" and its conjugation
« on: October 13, 2013, 02:13:35 am »
Tat is a little bit irregular.

In the present tense it's regular
Anha tak
Yer ti
Me ta
Kisha taki
Yeri ti
Mori ti

In the past tense the regular would be /t/ but that's not a word so it becomes /et/ instead.

Beginners / Re: The verb "elat" and its conjugation
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:10:16 pm »
Just like other -lat verbs.

Anha ek
Yer ee
Me ee
Kisha eki
Yeri ee
Mori ee

Beginners / Re: Word for "to have (got)"
« on: August 28, 2013, 06:02:57 am »
Another way to express possession is to use the verb vekhat "to be present, to exist".

For example if you want to say your sentence "I have a beautiful wife" it would be

Chiorikemi laina vekha m'anhoon. literally "A beautiful wife exists with me."

Beginners / Re: Expressing "than"
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:42:32 am »
Hi, it's me again,

I just wanted to ask, how do I express the english "than" in dothraki. For example, if I want to say that Drogo is stronger than Ogo. I can say Drogo is stronger, "Drogo ahajana," but I'm not sure how to express the comparing to Ogo.

That is formed by putting the person you are comparing to in the ablative case. (

So to say Drogo is stronger than Ogo you would say Drogo ahajana Ogosoon.

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