For this week's Mango Monday in conjunction with International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 we will present Pirate!

Every vocation has its own special language, and pirate is no different. YOu can learn the language in time for parties, to be an extra in movies or to be ready to strike out on your own sea adventure. Mango indicates:

Ahoy, matey! Belay your carousin’ and start learning to speak Pirate. You’ll take your language skills across the seven seas, gathering treasure and having parrrrties on your ship. While pirates have a historically troubled and dangerous history around the globe, we want you to embrace the inventive language of Pirates and use their creative speech for good, not evil. Are ye up for the challenge of becoming a swashbuckler (pirate)? Shed your landlubber (land-lover) skin and haul wind with Mango!

The lessons will give you plenty of pirate culture and essential phrases, but let's start at the top with Chapter 1: Captain's Orders.

  • Oh, my gosh. The ship isn't moving! Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!
  • Stop your messing around and quickly align the ship with the wind! Belay yer carousin' and haul wind smartly!
  • Hello, Captain. The ship is now sailing at full speed. All me duty to ye, Cap'n. The ship be now a-sailin' at full speed.
  • Great, my friend! You're a fine pirate. Arr, me hearty! A fine gentleman o' fortune be ye!
  • Yeah, and even better with a lady and some treasure, I'd say! Aye, and finer still with a lass and some booty, I fancy!

    Pirate is available only through both Mango Languages, but Pronunciator has many others if this one doesn't interest you. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.