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Counting in Dothraki

Language overview

Forty-two in Dothraki The Dothraki language has been coined by George R. R. Martin in his series of fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire. It is spoken by the Dothrakis, the proud nomadic horsemen people of Essos. For the television adaptation of these novels named Game of Thrones aired from April 2011, the TV channel HBO has contracted David J. Peterson to develop the original words list into a complete language, with a grammar and rules of pronunciation.

Dothraki numbers list

  • 1 – at
  • 2 – akat
  • 3 – sen
  • 4 – tor
  • 5 – mek
  • 6 – zhinda
  • 7 – fekh
  • 8 – ori
  • 9 – qazat
  • 10 – thi
  • 11 – atthi
  • 12 – akatthi
  • 13 – senthi
  • 14 – torthi
  • 15 – mekthi
  • 16 – zhindatthi
  • 17 – fekhthi
  • 18 – oritthi
  • 19 – qazatthi
  • 20 – chakat
  • 30 – chisen
  • 40 – chitor
  • 50 – chimek
  • 60 – chizhinda
  • 70 – chifekh
  • 80 – chori
  • 90 – chiqazat
  • 100 – ken
  • 1,000 – dalen
  • one million – yor

Dothraki numbering rules

Now that you’ve had a gist of the most useful numbers, let’s move to the writing rules for the tens, the compound numbers, and why not the hundreds, the thousands and beyond (if possible).

  • Digits from zero to nine are: som [0] (meaning absent, missing), at [1], akat [2], sen [3], tor [4], mek [5], zhinda [6], fekh [7], ori [8], and qazat [9].
  • Numbers for eleven to nineteen are formed by putting the digit name before the word for ten (thi), without space. Thus, we get atthi [11], akatthi [12], senthi [13], torthi [14], mekthi [15], zhindatthi (and not zhindathi) [16], fekhthi [17], oritthi (and not orithi) [18], and qazatthi [19]. The sixteen and eighteen irregularities appear as every other number in the teens is stressed on the penultimate syllable, so the t is doubled to follow that stress pattern.
  • The tens are formed by prefixing the multiplier unit with chi (or ch when the digit name begins with a vowel), except for ten: thi [10], chakat [20], chisen [30], chitor [40], chimek [50], chizhinda [60], chifekh [70], chori [80], and chiqazat [90].
  • The hundreds are formed by prefixing the word for hundred (ken) with the multiplier digit, with no space, except for one hundred itself: ken [100], akatken [200], senken [300], torken [400], mekken [500], zhindaken [600], fekhken [700], oriken [800], and qazatken [900].
  • The thousands are formed by prefixing the word for thousand (dalen) with the multiplier digit, separated with a space, except for one thousand itself: dalen [1,000], akat dalen [2,000], sen dalen [3,000], tor dalen [4,000], mek dalen [5,000], zhinda dalen [6,000], fekh dalen [7,000], ori dalen [8,000], and qazat dalen [9,000].
  • Compound thousands are formed by linking the thousand with the lower number with the conjunction ma (and, with), shortened in m’ before a vowel (e.g.: dalen ma sen [1,003], akat dalen m’atthi [2,011]).
  • One million is yor.

Write a number in full in Dothraki

Let’s move now to the practice of the numbering rules in Dothraki. Will you guess how to write a number in full? Enter a number and try to write it down in your head, or maybe on a piece of paper, before displaying the result.

Books

Juego de tronos Juego de tronos
by , editors Vintage (2012)
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Le Trône de Fer, ou le Pouvoir dans le sang Le Trône de Fer, ou le Pouvoir dans le sang
by , editors Presses universitaires François Rabelais (2014)
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Le Trône de Fer, l’intégrale - 1 Le Trône de Fer, l’intégrale - 1
by , editors J’ai lu (2010)
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Articles

Sources

Game of Throne languages

Dothraki, and High Valyrian.

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