Krista and Chris here – and like everyone else in the world – we love Game Of Thrones. Since this is the show's last season (😭), we decided to honor it by learning Dothraki.
The goal is simple: Learn the language as best we can and re-create this scene from the show in Dothraki after one week.
To help us learn correctly, we talked to David Peterson, who is the creator of the language and the author of Living Language Dothraki.
Krista: After getting amped up by David, I was pretty confident. We each printed the script and highlighted our lines. I took some time to study the book and the words. But, on my way home I busted out the CD that came with the book, and let's just say, it was a lot to take in. It was a lot for my brain to process in one day.
Chris: I think the conversation with David Peterson made me overly confident in my abilities because for some reason I was super chill about studying early on. Sometimes I'm a HUGE PROCRASTINATOR so on day one I was like, eh, I've got six more of these things left to memorize the lines.
Krista: I woke up a little worried today, I can't lie. I feel like I retained nothing from day one. So, I spent a hefty amount of time just replaying the first two lines by Daenerys. I said them over and over and over again. But, later that evening I had to look again to remember the lines. SMH!
Chris: On day two I was like, eh, I've got five more of these things left to memorize the lines.
Krista: Today I came up with a new way to help memorize the lines, which is sort of what David did with the actors. I recorded the scene on my phone and listened to it for several hours in my headphones. I would try to say it with Emilia so I could make sure I was getting the pronunciation right. After listening for several hours, I felt like I had the first three lines down pat.
Chris: On day three I was like, eh, I've got four more of these things left to memorize the lines. Then, Krista decided we should go over the lines really quick and I was instantly humbled. I realized it was way more difficult to pronounce the words than I anticipated and it was clear that this wasn't something I was going to be able to cram into my brain the night before. I made recordings of each line, and spent an hour going over the meanings and pronunciations of each word.
Krista: I feel like I am 77% percent ready to perform the scene. Which, TBH, is better than I thought. When I am trying to fall asleep I am speaking Dothraki, when I am waiting in line I am speaking Dothraki, when I am in the shower I am speaking Dothraki. I am living and breathing Dothraki at this point.
Chris: The lines just suddenly started popping into my head at random, like a catchy Pitbull song or something. I'd legitimately be minding my own business and then my brain would be like "Kisha vastoki vos alikh." I thought, "I guess that's a good sign?"