15 August 2014

Learning To Speak Pirate With Mango Languages

There are a lot of important skills that sailors need to learn - such as tying knots, reading navigation charts, trimming the sails and learning to speak like a pirate. I've been having a hard time finding a pirate language class in Portland so I was thrilled when my sister told me about the online Pirate course I can do for free through the library. Aren't libraries wonderful? 

The focus of the course seems to be on the Captain's orders. Which is fine if you're the type of person who likes following orders. I was hoping for a module on how to mutiny when the Captain gives you one too many silly orders, but couldn't find one. I'm hoping it is in development and will be released soon.

The course does have some educational cultural notes, like this joke:
"Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?" "Because they can spend years at C!"
And this fact about haulin' wind:
"Haulin' wind involves finding the direction from which the wind is blowing and directing the ship so that the wind can catch the sails. Pirates are usually fleeing the law and have to be good sailors and utilize the wind!"
Interested in learning Pirate? Check out your local library to see if they have Mango Languages. You can also use Mango to learn some boring languages as well, like Spanish, French and Mandarin. Pirate seems so much more useful though, doesn't it?

I'll leave you with one final pirate joke:
"What do you call a pirate with two legs and two eyes?" "A rookie!"

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