Today is the day when we celebrate the dialect that we all have heaaarrrrrrty feelings about–Talk Like a Pirate Day! This international event has celebrations all over the earth (though, strangely, all on land…). Check out their website to find a pirate party or make one of your own known.
How to Commemorate:
Talk like a Pirate!
If you need help learning the accent and vocabulary, we suggest using Mango, a language-learning platform that is available through many public libraries around the US. If you can’t find it at your library (but seriously, call them first, okay?), you can try the first lesson of any language for free by downloading the Mango app. (Check your app store.) Mango also has a pirate info page about the course that shows some of the fun.
Watch pirate movies, ye scurvy scum!
- Goonies (1985)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (as many as you can)
- Captain Blood (1935)
- Against All Flags (1952)
- Peter Pan (2003 is one of our favorites)
- Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Read pirate books, ye unholy ballywag!
- Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- A General History of the Pyrates, by Daniel Dafoe
- Pirates!, by Celia Rees
- On Stranger Tides, by Tim Powers
- Piratica, by Tanith Lee