10 High Valyrian Phrases All Westerosi Tourists (and Game of Thrones Fans) Should Know
Fans of Game of Thrones are probably more familiar with some Dothraki words and phrases than they are with High Valyrian words beyond dracarys. But those who are looking to brush up on the language ahead of Game of Thrones's final season just need to visit language website Duolingo, which features a High Valyrian course put together by Game of Thrones language guru David J. Peterson.
Ahead of the show's season 8 premiere on April 14, 2019, Peterson outlined a few High Valyrian phrases that anyone hoping to visit Westeros should master.
1. Skorverdon dekuroti Dōros hen kesīr ilza?
It probably isn’t a place you’d want to visit now that it has been breached by the Night King, Zombie Viserion, and the Army of the Dead, but if the Wall is still on your Westerosi bucket list, memorize the phrase “Skorverdon dekuroti Dōros hen kesīr ilza?” which means, “How much farther is the Wall?”
2. Skoriot dīnāzmot geron ilza?
Weddings are rarely joyous affairs in Westeros (just ask Robb Stark and King Joffrey), but if you’re planning to attend one regardless, this is the phrase for you: It means “which way to the wedding?”
3. Sparos Āegenkon Dēmalion dēmassis?
This question—which means “Who holds the Iron Throne?”—is probably best asked outside of King’s Landing, where Cersei will have you beheaded for daring to be so stupid.
4. Kesy Dornīhor averilla issa?
Or: “Is this Dornish wine?” As a visitor to Westeros, it’s important to know that there are two types of Dornish wine: sour and strongwine. They’re both reds, and probably both enjoyed by Cersei and Tyrion Lannister. (It should be noted: You don’t have to go to Westeros to drink Game of Thrones wine.)
5. Kaerīnvesse Dāroti Viliniot mazōreksi?
Some of us can’t travel without crafting a detailed itinerary. “Kaerīnvesse Dāroti Viliniot mazōreksi?”—“Does Kings Landing take reservations?”—is a phrase for all the planners out there.
6. Sōnarurlio gōviliria rēbagon rakegon kostan?
This translates to “Can I book a tour at the Crypt of Winterfell?” Because what trip to Westeros would be complete without paying your respects to Ned, Lyanna, and all the other dearly departed Starks?
7. Āegenkor Tistālior ATM ēza?
The answer to this question—which translates to, “Does the Iron Bank have an ATM?”—is only yes if you’re Cersei Lannister. Another High Valyrian phase you could consider memorizing is “Skorverdon kesy issa,” or “How much is this?”
8. Zaldrīzome arrikson kostan?
Or, “Can I take a picture with a dragon?” (Something tells us Drogon wouldn’t be open to selfies, though …)
9. Bosī Bāno Lōtinto bāngiot umbas?
This translates to “How long is the line for Hot Pie’s bakery?” The answer is probably: Pretty long. The guy makes the best bread in Westeros! (Fun fact: Ben Hawkey, the actor who plays Hot Pie, opened a pop-up bakery in London back in 2017 as part of a Game of Thronespromotion.)
10. Riña dōre brōzi ēza.
To be used if you’re Arya Stark, or just if someone asks for your name and don't feel like giving it: It translates to, “a girl has no name.”
You can learn more High Valyrian by visiting Duolingo.