Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Did you know that, since 1995, September 19 has been International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Wikipedia gives a brief history of this weird occasion, which originated between two friends playing a game of Racquetball.
So, I know you’re asking, “How do I learn to talk like a Pirate?” Good news! You’ve come to the right place. Your Durham Tech library has just the tool for you: Mango Languages.
Mango Languages provides lessons for people who want to learn any of dozens of languages. These range from the common (Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and French) to the obscure (like Scottish Gaelic) to the whimsical (Shakespearean English and, of course, “Pirate”). For those who want to learn English, Mango offers lessons for speakers of 21 different languages.
The first Pirate lessons include Conversational Goals like “Call Someone Names” and “Give Sailing Commands.” Grammar goals include “Invert the Simple Sentence Structure” and “Use Me as a Possessive.”
If you create an account with Mango Languages, you can proceed through lessons and track your progress, so that you can pick up where you left off at a later time.
Even if you aren’t interested in learning Pirate, try Mango Languages, the language learning tool provided by your library, and start learning a language today!

About Stephen Brooks

Stephen is a reference librarian at Durham Tech. He has blogged previously at acqweb.org and for American Libraries magazine online. He enjoys reading 20th and 21st century literature, biographies and books about sports.