Blow me down and brush me barnacles — International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19! Make no bones about it — celebrating this holiday is fun for landlubbers and pirates alike.
Ahoy language lubbers! Don’t be a scallywag — join in the fun with costumes, games, and, of course, lots of pirate speak.
1. Wear ye pirate costume
If yar havin’ a bit o’ trouble growing some whiskers, try pilfering yar closet for the following items to create the essential pirate look.
Don a swashbuckler shirt
Grab ye hook
Wear an earring
No pirate look is complete without a bit of bling. Wear your favorite gold hoops or clip on a dangly earring (we won’t ask where you got it).
Watch the tutorial below to see how one of our Mangos made her own pirate swag.
2. Step to some Pirate Day freebies
Long John Silver's
Last year, Long John Silver’s official Facebook gave customers an opportunity to win a $25 gift card if they shared their favorite pirate joke or phrase. So, keep at least one eye un-patched so you don’t miss any deals this Pirate Day.
3. Play pirate games
No Pirate Day is complete without a proper hunt for hidden treasure. Just add yar own pirate twist to a scavenger hunt with swashbuckling riddles and (plastic or chocolate) gold coins for winners’ booty. Remember, ‘X’ marks the secret spot!
Walk the plank
Use two parallel lines of duct tape to create a ‘plank.’ Blindfold young scallywags and have them walk the plank by staying in between the lines. Another option is to use an actual plank of wood laid on top of a blue tarp. Reward the brave ones with a bag o’ chocolate dubloons.
Build a pirate ship
4. Drink grog
5. Learn to speak Pirate
Learn Pirate for free with Mango Languages
Change Facebook language to Pirate
Log into yarr Facebook profile and navigate to the dropdown menu on the righthand side to select the ‘Settings’ tab. Then, click the ‘Language’ tab to change the language you want to use Facebook in to Pirate. You can even choose to translate your newsfeed stories into Pirate as well. Savvy?
Singing's the life for me
Pass the time at sea with some shanties (work songs with rhythms) that coordinated the labor of sailors and pirates alike.
Steer clear of Davy Jones’s Locker, and share in the fun of Pirate language learning at your library.
Fancy you’re ready? Well then, batten down the hatches and weigh anchor to embark on a language-learning adventure!
How are you planning to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? Practice your Pirate prose in the comments below!