It’s Official: Take a Course In Pirate

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English: Oh, my gosh! The ship isn’t moving!

Pirate: Blow me down! The ship’s becalmed!

In honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19, Mango Languages has a free course in talking like a pirate. Mango is a foreign language teaching site that your library can join and offer courses to its patrons! The Pirate course is designed like all their other courses: Several chapters in step-by-step guide to give you conversational tools, with spoken examples, pronunciation guides, and timed quizzes.

There are helpful grammar tips such as: “Keep in mind that a pirate usually doesn’t change the form of, or conjugate, the verb “to be.” Learn cultural notes like, “A ship will get becalmed by lack of wind, but poor sailing skills or a lazy crew definitively won’t help. Get your men working or make them walk the plank!”

I love that it was given all the treatment of their other courses. Who said foreign languages couldn’t be fun?

Rebecca Angel was one of those kids that put the dragon book on top of her pile in the hopes that someone would say, "Hey, I'm into that stuff too!" Alas, she had to wait until she was an adult to find fellow geeks. Luckily, she married one and their kids are too. A music teacher by day, Rebecca is also a lover of tea, science literacy, funky tights, RPGs, anime, manga, comics, fantasy books and movies.