Popular language app Duolingo offers language learning lessons in dozens of languages for dozens of languages. In English, the app offers 32 different language lessons, two of which are entirely fictional–Klingon (the language from “Star Trek”) and High Valyrian (a fictional language from “Game of Thrones”).
Of the many languages offered, Duolingo has yet to include Arabic, the fifth most spoken language in the world, among several others. In light of this information blowing up, Twitter users are sharing their feelings on the folks who are choosing to spend their time learning High Valyrian instead of spoken languages.
We had to download the app to see it for ourselves.
Yep. It’s real. It’s really there. So many people are stoked. It makes sense but there are so many languages that are real that make more sense to learn. Spanish, for example, which can be used in real situations.
The thought of being able to converse with their favorite GoT characters is thrilling to some.
So thrilling, that they are spending their time actually learning the language, created by David J. Petterson. He collaborated closely with Duolingo to get it off the ground and now here we are.
The language is without a doubt foreign to almost every human on earth.
It’s certainly challenging to get the hang of and to be honest, we didn’t get very far in our efforts to learn it.
FOX News even reported on the Duolingo offering, which led people to wonder.
Are people really going to spend their time learning a fictional language only spoken on television? Why would Duolingo spend time developing this learning tool for High Valyrian instead of Arabic or Farsi?
The predictions are true. People are putting more effort into speaking High Valyrian than learning Spanish.
This is not an isolated incident. We’re seeing the excitement for High Valyrian over Spanish all over Twitter.
We’re waiting for the psychologists to chime in on why this phenomenon is happening.
The thrill of speaking to millions of people seems to be less than the thrill of vaguely understanding a television language without subtitles.
Hundreds of thousands of people are reportedly learning High Valyrian on Duolingo.
We’re waiting… Real talk: there is no use for learning High Valyrian.
Meanwhile, Mandarin and Spanish, the top two most spoken languages in the world are seemingly less useful to learn for High Valyrian learners.
“Game of Thrones” may be a huge cultural phenomenon in this moment, but Spanish is the future, especially in the United States.
Plus, “Game of Thrones” is about to be over in less than a week.
After which, there will be no new content surrounding this fictional language. That’s it.
We applaud everyone who is committed to learning a language that opens relationships with actual human beings. 👏👏👏
What do you think about Duolingo’s choice to teach its users High Valyrian? Fun and games or a little problematic? Comment below!
Indya Moore doesn’t have to don a dress to be a legend. They’ve already become a legend and an icon for people of trans experience. The nonbinary actress is now making history as they are the first trans person to grace the cover of Elle Magazine. Moore was born in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican mother and Caribbean father but entered into the foster system when they were young because of at-home transphobia. The miracle of this human isn’t her past–it’s their attitude toward the future.
A relentless advocate for both their black and trans community, Indya Moore deserves a separate book dedicated to the beauty of their soul. But man, their looks are worthy in their own right. Mira.
Indya Moore is serving everyone a face from the gawds with their Elle Magazine cover.
As the first trans person to ever grace the cover, this is legendary. The historic moment was not lost on Moore who took to Instagram to share their thoughts on the cover.
“We don’t always have access to the tools we need to break wall, break ground & Reconstruct space invading infrastructure that is designed homogenously & exclusively,” Moore wrote. “So many of us use our hands, arms legs & feet, have died in the process too, Just to weaken these infrastructures enough so that people with tools and break them. I am so grateful for them- all the trans and gender non-conforming people who have attacked these walls, chipped and even broke part of and so much the infrastructure down with bare fist and foot. I am so grateful for everyone within the infrastructures who have chosen to listen, watched, stepped out to see the people around these structures that have been marginalized and locked out for having different experiences & have helped to break down these structures of privilege and take that labor from those who die because of a lack of access, and fall short of visibility because of lack of access & safety… There is so much more work to do- so much more listening so much more intentionality, & vindicational work that must be done for marginalized people.”
In a single year, Moore rose to fame with a starring role in FX’s “Pose.”
Oh, and, in case you missed the drama series of your lifetime, “Pose” Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix! Before “Pose,” Moore hadn’t walked a red carpet.
Her first red carpet look at the premiere of “Pose” was the start of a stunning red carpet career.
Let’s be real: they look like an actual statuesque goddess sent down from heaven. Their fashion has been A-game since day one. Periodt.
Her latest look at the Met Gala was a stunning masterpiece.
When the theme is camp, you know the community is going to come through slaying. Slay they did. However, there is a lot of criticism that the gala did not do a good enough job bringing drag queens to the event.
Moore is staying honest and open about their inclusion in this elite world.
“My favorite part of Monday … was when @obj, reached to me to join community fam in this photo,” Moore wrote. “The gesture made my lil black trans heart squeal in an infinite loop of affirmation and love. Growing up feeling and being excluded from the family things put a lot of weight on my heart over my years growing up. The worse thing to feel is to have a great love and longing for your community but not feel that reciprocity because your queerness/gender variance makes the majority uncomfortable. Being included in this picture as simple and dramatic as this may seem struck a cord on my heart that healed so much.”
This is the look when they won GLAAD’s award for Best Drama Series.
Forever a winning look, backed by a winning heart, talent and love for life. They are totally owning every red carpet they set foot on. OMG. What an icon.
They even use the red carpet as a way to make bold statements for their community.
Friendly reminder you can be anything. You can wear enamel pins and buttons on elegant gowns and make it better. Moore shows that it is important that people continue to take a stand for themselves.
This is Moore seeing and supporting black women everywhere.
“There was only one black woman, amongst the Photographers,” Moore wrote on Instagram. “She was the most special, I was most excited to see her there. Her presence made me feel confident.”
This is Moore when “a nonbinary Wild Vagina bloomed.”
That’s not your typical pink vagina dress. Leave it to Moore to thank Marsha P Johnson and Boricua Queen Sylvia Rivera for “making this transsexually dreamy moment possible.”
This is Moore making collars sexy.
Honestly, Moore is not one to play around. They make sure that they sly every time they hit the red carpet. Is there any question now as to why they were cast to be in “Pose” slaying looks every episode.
Here’s Moore and MJ Rodriguez right before their fame got really real.
Dazzling work. We feel dazzled. This is brown and black trans beauty at its finest. They had no idea what was about to happen to their careers and lives.
Who can forget when Moore was at the Golden Globes changing the power dynamics between the transphobic gaze and trans bodies themselves.
“Trans bodies are always under scrutiny especially when we show skin. This outfit takes over that power dynamic”
Moore is always there to support their trans community.
“@supa_ines’s work, visibility, expertise and experience made me believe my career was possible,” Moore wrote. “Her greatness is contagious. She is kind, loving, endearing and humble. She was so happy to see me at the res carpet. We celebrated each other. I love you Ines! Welcome to the @imgmodels fam!!”
Moore always looks stunning while wearing their favorite designer, Altuzarra.
Showing that skin and showing that pride. Moore is becoming a visible and prominent face in the trans community.
Moore has a way of slaying accessories like no other person can.
That necklace is almost as regal as they are…almost. No one and nothing can match their beauty.
Parachute pants jumper? Obviously, they are going to knock it out of the park.
Not to mention that that color is everything on them. E V E R Y T H I N G !! Every person wishes that they could look this good in their own parachute pant jumpers.
They are the master of giving us a little bit of shoulder and a lot of fashion inspo.
It’s no wonder that they’re the face of Louis Vuitton right now. They’re working the poses on and off the screen. This is a major moment for the trans community as more and more trans people succeed in every industry. It is fair and it is just.
Their selfie game is on point!
Truly, this is what dreams are made of. The way they own a room and a photo with a simple pose and a stunning look is phenomenal.
Moore loves showing the world their acne and empowering people to love their skin unconditionally.
“hmu trailer,” Moore wrote. “all hair no make up lil breakout. loving my skin unconditional.”
It is so important that people see things like this. No one has perfect skin all the time. Moore showing off their own skin issues is giving people a chance to see themselves represented.
Fortunately, we get to see more looks like this in the near future.
First thing’s first, watch Season 1 of “Pose” on Netflix ahorita. Indya Moore as Angel is everyone’s character crush of the year.
Tune into Season 2 of “Pose” on FX on June 11.
The season begins in the early 1980s right after Madonna’s “Vogue” music video release. We’re ready for an ’80s Angel and more of Indya Moore.