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Do ye want t' sail th' se'en seas and talk like a buccaneer? Arrr, we be havin' a really amazin' resource called Mango Languages where ye can learn how t' sound like a real shipmate.
September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. It's the opportunity for landlubbers to weigh anchor and go swashbuckling on the high seas! Or just amuse our family and friends. But first you have to brush up on your pirate vocabulary. Good thing your library card lets you use Mango Languages. There are over 70 different online courses you can take, including Pirate! Shiver me timbers!
Speaking more than one language is a super useful skill. Maybe you're already fluent in a language other than English. Do you study French or another language at school? Keep practising with Mango! You can even impress your teachers with some Ancient Greek and Shakespearean English.
Anyway, here's a funny joke fer ye. Why couldna th' pirate play cards? On accoun' o' he be sittin' on th' deck! Harrr harrr!
Read more about the pirate life:
Learn how to avoid walking the plank, recognize pirate flags and read a treasure map in this fascinating book.
Lives of the Pirates by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt
Meet legendary pirates and find out cool and gross facts about their bad habits and favourite foods.
The Not-so-Jolly Roger by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The wacky adventures of the Time Warp Trio bring them back in history and into the clutches of Blackbeard! Can the intrepid time travelers outwit and escape the infamous pirate?
Pirate Queen: A Story of Zheng Yi Sao by Helaine Becker and Liz Wong
Discover the amazing true story of an 18th century peasant woman who built a fleet to rival the emperor of China.
Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey
In this spooky yet heartwarming novel, Lewis befriends the pirate ghosts haunting his great-grandfather’s seaside mansion.