People Are Choosing To Learn High Valyrian On Duolingo While Other Languages Are Dying
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!