September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, it is “a day when people everywhere can swash their buckles and add a touch of larceny to their dialogue by talking like pirates: for example, ‘Arr, matey, it be a fine day.’ While it’s inherently a guy thing, women have been known to enjoy the day because they have to be addressed as ‘me beauty.’ Celebrated by millions on all seven continents.”
You can learn more about how two average guys started this holiday on June 6, 1995 on a racquetball court in a YMCA in Albany, Oregon here. It didn’t gain a lot of attention until humor columnist Dave Barry wrote about it in a 2002 article. The rest, as they say, is hist -arrrr-y.
Mango Languages, one of the language learning databases to which the Davenport Public Library subscribes, will be offering lessons on how to talk pirate through Sept 19. To access Mango languages, click here. Or, you can go to www.davenportlibrary.com, click on Research Tools, then Online Resources and scroll down until you get to Mango Languages. You’ll need to create a profile using your library card number. Once you’re in, find the search box (it has a magnifying glass icon next to it) and type “Pirate.” You’ll be taken to a page with options such as:
- Call Someone Names
- Express Surprise
- Give Sailing Commands
- Greet a Friend or Superior
- Pay a Compliment
- Invert the Simple Sentence Structure
- Understand the Usage of Be
- Use the 2nd Person Pronoun Ye
- Use Me as a Possessive
Alas, have a fine day, mateys!
Do you want to impress your sweetheart with your ability to say “I love you” in a different languages? If so, the library can help!
The Davenport Public Library subscribes to a database called Mango Languages which can help you learn several different foreign languages. So if you want to know how to say, “I love you” in another language this Valentine’s Day, you should take a look at Mango.
Mango Languages offers courses in 71 different languages. But if you want to learn the “Language of Love”, you might want to try French. Or Italian. Or possibly Spanish or Portuguese. Those four languages have entire lesson plans dedicated to “Romance”. Not only will you learn how to say, “I love you” in your chosen language, but you will also learn terms of endearment. The lessons in the Romance section also teach you how to introduce yourself, offer to buy someone a drink, and other phrases that could be useful on a date.
I find that it is very easy to learn new foreign phrases on Mango Languages. The lessons are interactive. You can see the word and hear how it is pronounced at the same time. You can play back the word as many times as you need to in order to get the pronunciation right. And the best thing about Mango Languages is that you can learn at your own pace. All you need is an Internet connection and a Davenport Public Library card in order to access Mango Languages! Go to the Online Resources section of our website. Scroll down alphabetically until you see Mango. It is best if you sign up for a FREE account and all you need is an email account and password. You can also find Mango Languages on Google Play and the App store.
Good luck with learning your new foreign phrases!