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Dothraki is a difficult language to learn, it is known. For you, my sun and stars, Random House has released the Dothraki Companion. It's an app for people who would rather learn the fictional language from "Game of Thrones" than a real language like Spanish, which is spoken by nearly 500 million living, breathing human beings across the world. To get started, all you need is an iPhone and $3.99. Yes, Daenerys Targaryen — a.k.a. Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons — had to learn Dothraki the hard way, which involved being sold to a horde of warriors and consuming the heart of a stallion. But you can use flash cards and vocabulary games, all developed with the help of David J. Peterson, the linguist responsible for creating the language for the HBO show. The app also includes a chat function that lets users practice Dothraki with each other from across the Narrow Sea or from the depths of their parents' basements.

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