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2011 Conlang Card Exchange

For the past three years, a number of conlangers have participated in the Conlang/Concultural Card Exchange. I participated the first year with Kamakawi, but missed the deadline the next year, so I wanted to be sure to participate this year (though I still almost missed the deadline). For this year’s exchange, I decided to use Dothraki, and I thought this would be as good a place as any to post the translation info for my card.

First, here’s what the front of the postcard looks like:

A picture of a donkey.

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And here’s a shot of the back of the postcard:

The back of my Conlang/Cultural Card Exchange card (2011).

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(Note: That’s the LCS’s address, not mine. Don’t send mail there unless it’s accompanied by a $35 membership check made out to “LCS” [by the way, with the holidays around the corner, why not give the gift of LCS membership! Okay, plug over].)

Now, when I made these up with Costco, they gave me a character count, and I swear I came under that character count! But, as you can see, the text got cut off—literally. In fact, there was one more line after what you see there (I’d signed it Devvo ki Drogosi. Oh well). So you don’t have to go squinting, here is the entire text (plus the missing line):

Aheshke ray jad, majin anha vazhak yeraan azh, hajinaan m’anha chomak yeraan sekke. Jin vezh hrazef avervenanaz drogikhoon anni. Yer laz tihi mae mra jerve she hatif. Me drozhak! Tihas vorsaes tihoa ma charas tem fogoon! Ma me lana ven chaf! K’athjilari: Vo cheyi ven mae vekho vosecchi. Ma me yeri! Vezhof gora ha yeraan. Me nem nesa.

Fonas chek!

Devvo ki Drogosi

Now, I don’t want the card recipients to jump through too many hoops, so here’s an interlinear (though this won’t be pretty. Does CSS do small caps yet…?):

/winter already come.PST and 1SG.NOM FUT-give-1SG 2SG.ALL gift.ACC because COMP-1SG.NOM respect-1SG 2SG.ALL very. this stallion horse SUP-wild-SUP herd-ABL 1SG.GEN. 2SG.NOM can see-2SG 3SG.ACC in cage at front. 3SG.NOM killer! see-IMP fire-ACC eye-ABL.PL and hear-IMP thunder.ACC hoof-ABL! and 3SG.NOM run-3SG like wind! truly: NEG bay-GEN like 3SG.GEN exist-3SG.NEG NEG.EMPH. and 3SG.NOM 2SG.GEN! horse.god charge-3SG for 2SG.ALL. 3SG.NOM PASS know-3SG./

/hunt-IMP well!/

/Dave by Drogo-GEN/

Or better yet: Have they made a WordPress plugin for interlinears yet? Any conlangers out there who are big into WordPress and coding? (Think that’s what we need to get this done…)

Anyway, there you have it! Translation shouldn’t be tough (remember that the ablative expresses inalienable possession and that it’s only optionally expressed). Feel free to post your translation in the comments, and I’ll tell you how you did.

Also, I ordered 10 cards, since I thought that’d be a good round number, but I have three leftover. I thought I’d have a contest and give away the remaining three, but that would involve you giving me your address, so I thought I’d better make it voluntary. So! If you would like a card, and if you’re comfortable giving me a mailing address you have access to, e-mail me at “dave” at-sign “dothraki.com” and let me know. I’ll send them out to the first three people that e-mail me with addresses, and I’ll personalize them somehow in what little space there is left on the card.

Fonas chek, zhey lajaki!

Update: All the cards have been claimed. Perhaps there will be more next year, or for some other holiday (do the Dothraki celebrate Flag Day…?). Who knows? These, though, are being sent out to stud. But let me tell you: If there is a next time, ain’t nothing getting cut off—I’ll make sure of that!

M’athchomaroon, Zhey Rhaesheser!

Athchomar chomakea! Welcome to the Dothraki language blog. Here I’ll discuss the Dothraki language, and things related to it. Posts here will likely be specific, and more or less direct responses to questions or comments posted by community members of Dothraki.org, or right here on the blog (or elsewhere [e.g. via e-mail (or in question form at various places I happen to be at)]). For a general introduction to the Dothraki language itself, I recommend heading over to the Dothraki Language Wiki hosted by Dothraki.org.

For new visitors, my name is David Peterson, and I created the Dothraki language for HBO’s Game of Thrones. For the time being, this will, more or less, be the place to get updates on the status of the language. Thanks for stopping by!

To get the ball rolling on the whole blog thing, I have a small announcement. Next week I’m going to be presenting one of the concurrent sessions at Concordia College‘s Faith, Reason & World Affairs Symposium. My session’s entitled “To Live a Wooden Life: The Art and Humanity of Language Creation” (for a short description, go here). I’ll be talking Dothraki and conlanging, so if you live in western Minnesota, or even eastern North Dakota, come on by! I’ll be glad to see you.

I’ll probably either be gearing up for the above symposium or at it for, like, a week, so in the interim, if you have topics you’d like me to address about Dothraki or something related to it, write a comment on this post, or head over to this subforum at the Dothraki forums and write it there. The only rule is that I will not be discussing anything specific about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, or speculating about seasons beyond.

Oh, actually, one more thing. The show is a dramatization of a series of books which many people have read, but there are those who only know what’s happened in season 1 of the show (and many also who have read some but not all of the books). In the comments, I’d like to ask you to respect those who haven’t read ahead and don’t want future revelations spoiled. For those who know the series, there are a lot of big events which can be spoiled, but it’s always fun to come to them fresh, so let those revelations come in their due course for as many readers/watchers as possible.

That’s it for post #1! Thanks for reading.