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Speak Ravkan

Here are a few terms found in the pages of Shadow & Bone. Special thanks to my Celebrity Guest, David Peterson of Conlang.org. Dave created the Dothraki language for HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones. To my surprise and delight, he generously gave his time to help me out with the phonetics. We didn’t always agree on pronunciation or spelling (he’s right, I’m stubborn), but that was part of the fun.

To learn more about the choices I made building Ravka’s language and culture, please click here or read my interview with Claire Legrand.

 
Grisha (ˈgɾi.ʃa/ GREE-shah): Ravka’s Second Army

 

  Places

 
Keramzin (ˈkɛ.ɾam.tsɨn/ CARE-ahm-tsin): Country home of Duke Keramsov and a town of the same name
 
Tsibeya (tsɨ.ˈbɛ.ja/ tsih-BEH-yah): The vast wilderness near Ravka’s northeast border
 
Kribirsk (kɾi.biɾsk/ KREE-beersk): A city and military outpost on the eastern shore of the Unsea
 
Os Alta (ɔs ˈal.ta/ ohs ALL-tah): The capital of Ravka
 
Ryevost(ˈɾjɛ.vɔst/ RYEH-vohst): A river city

 

  Terms

 
Istorii Sankt’yaˈ(is.tɔ.ɾi sank.ˈtja/ EES-tor-ee sankt-YAH): A book of Saints’ lives
 
Oprichnik (ˈɔ.ˈpɾitʃ.nɨk/ oh-PREACH-nick): The Darkling’s elite guard, culled from the First Army
 
Otkazat’sya (ɔt.ka.ˈza.tsja/ oht-kah-ZAHTS-yah): The Abandoned
 
Moi Soverennyi (sɔ.vɛ.ˈɾɛ.ɲɨ/ soh-veh-REN-yee): Title used when addressing the Darkling
 
Moi Tsar/ Moya Tsaritsa (mɔj tsaɾ/ moy TSAHR; ˌmɔ.ja tsa.ˈɾi.tsa/MOY-ah tsah-REE-tsah): Title used when addressing the King and Queen of Ravka
 
Odinakovost (ɔ.di.ˈna.kɔ.vɔst/ oh-dee-NOCK-oh-vohst): Thisness
 
Etovost(ˈɛ.tɔ.vɔst/ EH-toh-vohst): Thatness

 

People

 
Alina Starkov (a.ˈli.na ˈstaɾ.kɔv/ ah-LEE-nah STAR-kohv)
 
Malyen Oretsev ˈ(ma.ʎɛn ɔ.ˈɾɛ.tsɛv/ Mal-YEN oh-RETT-sev)
 
Ilya Morozova ˈ(i.ʎa mɔ.ɾɔ.ˈtsɔ.va/ EEL-yah mor-oh-TSOH-vah)
 
Genya (dʒɛ.ɲa/ JEN-yah)
 
Baghra (ba.gɾa/ BAH-grah)

 

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