ave ye ever found yerself dreamin' 'o th' high seven seas 'n shoutin' scurvy pirate wit' ye mateys? If so, ye be embracin' th' scurvy pirate in ye. Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Siouxland Libraries are helping Nancy Naeve learn to speak pirate.
"Shiver me timbers!" "Ahoy, Matey!" "Thar she blows!"
"I'm at the main library with my favorite pirate, Johnny Depp. He's so hot. But we are learning to unleash our inner buccaneer; that's pirate speak for pirate. Alysia Boysen is a librarian at the Brandon Branch and she dressed the part. Oye Matey!" Nancy said.
"Arrrrgh! Are you guys ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?" Alysia said.
"Arrrr. I can't do it very well. Tell us about what you guys are going to be doing?" Nancy said.
"There are programs all over our Siouxland Libraries that are going to have crafts, pirate crafts, contests, make your best pirate ship. We are also going to have pirate stories," Alysia said.
Computer sounds: "Arr, me hearty! A fine gentleman o'fortune be ye!"
"Alysia some us have trouble speaking pirate, but you guys have a new tool to help us with that right?" Nancy said.
"Correct. We've actually had Mango Languages for a few years and one of the fun new features they have is to learn how to talk like a pirate, " Alysia said.
"It lists the top five and pirate is in the most popular," Alysia said.
"Now, Mango Languages doesn't just do pirate speak. It does over 50 different languages," Alysia said.
"Maybe pirate doesn't come in real handy in your life, but maybe Latin or Spanish will. So come on down to the library and learn pirate stuff. Aaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhh!" Nancy said.
Most of Siouxland Libraries are hosting a fun day today with pirate theme activities for all ages. Go to www.siouxlandlib.org to get the list. Also they are giving away library dollars if you can answer the end bonus question on Mango. The phrase is in the story. Can you translate "Great, my friend! You're a fine pirate!" to pirate?