Ahoy, Matey! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Nigh

Shiver me timbers, arrrrr you ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, opens a new window on September 19? Don’t be marooned; San Mateo County Libraries can help you get your sea legs when it comes to pirate parlay.

Mango, an online language learning program available for free through the library, offers a Pirate course that will turn you into a swaggerin’ swashbuckler. Mango courses not only teach you vocabulary and phrases, but also proper pronunciation and conversation skills. Mango courses are also a rollicking good time!  

You’ll learn how to express surprise, give sailing commands, pay a compliment, and greet a friend the way they do it on the high seas. All you need is your library card ("29041" card required) to get started learning Pirate (as well as 72 other languages). Mango makes language learning easy by offering mobile versions of courses and a friendly user interface.

San Mateo County Libraries also has a treasure trove of pirate-related books and DVDs to get you in the spirit.

Adult Fiction Books


On Stranger Tides

Teen Fiction Books

Daughter of the Pirate King

To Catch A Pirate

Children's Fiction and Picture Books

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map

DVDs and Streaming Video

Check out any or all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to brush up on your language skills:

Walt Disney Pictures Presents Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean, at World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean


You can also find great pirate-related TV shows and movies streaming on Hoopla. Here are a few:


The Pirate

Avast! Arrrr you going to jump aboard the pirate ship on Talk Like a Pirate Day or will ye be a landlubber? Tell us your favorite pirate phrase in the comments or ye will be walkin' the plank (just kidding)! 

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