Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day by studying proper high seas grammar with Mango Languages, an online program available with your library card.*
In between sessions on pirate vocabulary, these books and movies will help get you in the spirit:
The Rogue Pirate’s Bride
by Shanna Galen
After escaping France on a privateer’s ship, Sebastian becomes the notorious privateer Captain Cutlass. His reputation as a rogue precedes him and he’s undefeated in battle, until he crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral.
A Thousand Years of Pirates
by William Gilkerson
From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where “black ships” could be re-stocked and refitted.
The Pirates of the Caribbean
The Black Pearl, a cursed treasure, the governor’s brave daughter, scary pirates and lots of great sword fights (if you don’t already know the plot, we’re not giving away anything else).
The Assassin’s Curse
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiancé. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
edited by David Cordingly
True stories of terror on the high seas, from the Caribbean to the South China Sea.
Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba
by Tom Gjeltan
Because, when pirates unwind it’s all “yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”…
Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan’s goofy opera about a group of pirates who can’t seem to make piracy pay, but do fall in love with the ten daughters of a major general.
*Mango also has lessons in 62 other languages that you may find a bit more practical on land, such as Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi. Additionally, it features lessons in classical and endangered languages, all presented with cultural notes and real conversations.