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Bark.com offers ‘High Valyrian’ tutors for hardcore ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

Patrick Varine
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Above, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenaerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), in a new promotional photo for the final season of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy drama, “Game of Thrones.” Bark.com has launched a service where users can hire a tutor to learn “High Valyrian,” the fictional language spoken by Targaryen’s ancestors in the show’s history.

There’s brushing up on your “Game of Thrones” knowledge as the smash HBO show’s final season approaches… and then there’s hiring yourself a $52-per-hour tutor in a fictional language.

Bark.com announced this week it will offer tutors in “High Valyrian,” the fictional language spoken by “Game of Thrones” heroine Daenaerys Targaryen.

The tuition service, which is available across the United States and U.K., “can aid both fans of the show and people new to ‘Game of Thrones’ learn to speak High Valyrian fluently while gaining a better understanding of the history behind the fictitious world. It also hopes to spark an interest in other languages in people of all ages,” according to a Bark.com release.

“At Bark.com, we love giving people different ways to earn and this is the latest service we’ve launched to do that,” said Bark co-founder Kai Feller. “High Valyrian is a complex language and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has worked hard to become fluent to share their knowledge — not to mention it would be a fantastic string to any fan’s bow!”

The High Valyrian dialect, which is featured throughout George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels, was created for the HBO program by American linguist David J. Peterson, who has constructed several languages for popular films and television series.

According to Peterson, High Valyrian has grown to comprise around 2,000 words, and those who sign up to be a High Valyrian tutor will be required to provide proof of their knowledge of the language. The role will involve creating a variety of reading, writing and speaking exercises for students, alongside role-playing scenarios to enhance the learning experience.

High Valyrian tutors can expect to earn upwards of $52 per hour, according to the release. However, as with all Bark.com service professionals, they can charge their own rates.

Click here to hire a High Valyrian tutor. For those interested in becoming a tutor, contact Bark.com by clicking here.

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres April 14 on HBO.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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