|Actual fliers hanging on the walls of Newcomb Hall. |
Nothing at all like the ones described in The Billionth Monkey.
Ads for language tutors—whether for native language, for foreign language coursework, or computer programming—are ubiquitous on college campuses. I liked the idea of a Dothraki tutor for a couple of reasons: First, it was a more modern pop culture reference that the old trope of Klingon (don’t worry, Trekkies, I haven’t entirely dissed our ridge-headed friends!). In addition, the language itself was designed by linguist and alien language consultant David J. Peterson, and currently has its own language guide, learning app, and online coursework. The June 3, 2014, issue of Rolling Stone even ran a story on the availability of Game of Thrones language courses. [While you're at it, check out David J. Peterson's brand-new book, The Art of Language Invention.]
|The above meme juxtaposes the Game of Thrones character Khal Drogo|
with Monty Python's famous skit, "Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook" (see the video here).