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Ahoy, Mateys!

Ahoy, landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day be upon us, and it's time to set sail on an adventure that goes beyond the seven seas. Learning a new language has never been more fun and engaging, and with Mango Languages, ye can embark on a linguistic journey fit for the savviest of pirates. In this blog, we'll hoist the anchor and explore how Mango Languages can help ye become fluent in a foreign tongue while having a swashbuckling good time!

Ahoy, Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated on September 19th, be a light-hearted holiday that encourages folks to channel their inner buccaneer and embrace the whimsical speech of these seafaring scoundrels. While it may seem like a bit of fun, this day also reminds us of the diverse languages and cultures that emerged from the Golden Age of Pirates. So, what better time to embark on a language-learning voyage with Mango Languages?

Setting Sail with Mango Languages:

  1. Interactive and Engaging Courses: Mango Languages be known fer its interactive and user-friendly language courses. Whether ye be a beginner or an experienced polyglot, Mango offers lessons that cater to all skill levels. Through immersive conversations, cultural insights, and practical exercises, ye'll quickly find yerself navigating foreign tongues with ease.
  2. A Treasure Trove of Languages: Mango Languages boasts a treasure trove of over 70 languages to choose from, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, and even Pirate! Avast, me hearties, 'tis true - Mango be offerin' a pirate language course that'll have ye talkin' like Blackbeard himself in no time!
  3. Pirates' Guide to Cultural Etiquette: Learning a new language isn't just about words and phrases; it's about understanding the culture behind the tongue. Mango's courses include cultural insights and etiquette tips, arming ye with the knowledge to interact respectfully with native speakers.
  4. Interactive Pirate-themed Lessons: On Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mango goes all out with pirate-themed lessons that'll have ye grinnin' like a Cheshire cat. Practice yer pirate lingo, learn pirate songs, and immerse yerself in the rich lore of pirates from around the world. Ye may even find yerself wantin' to impress yer crew with a hearty "Arrr!" or "Ahoy, matey!"
  5. Mobile App for Learning on the Go: With Mango's mobile app, ye can take yer language-learning adventure with ye wherever ye go. Whether ye be waiting in line or enjoying some rum on the deck, a few minutes of Mango each day will have ye well on yer way to mastery.

On Talk Like a Pirate Day, let's hoist the Jolly Roger and embrace the spirit of adventure with Mango Languages. Learning a new language need not be a daunting task, for with Mango's interactive courses and pirate-themed lessons, ye'll be a language-learning pirate par excellence! So, weigh anchor, me hearties, and set sail on a linguistic voyage that will open doors to new cultures, connections, and countless possibilities. Arrr!

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- By Natalie McAdams, Director

Recommended ReadingPirate & Penguin by Mike Allegra
What happens when a pirate, hoping for a parrot, stumbles upon a bird of a duller plumage? Pirate doesn't know that Penguin is a penguin. But any bird can sit on a shoulder and squawk "shiver me timbers"...right? Laugh along with Pirate and Penguin in this high seas tale of mistaken identity and find out whether they'll find friendship before somebody walks the plank.

Pirate Enlightenment: Or the Real Libertalia by David Graeber
In graduate school, David Graeber conducted ethnographic field research in Madagascar for his doctoral thesis on the island's politics and history of slavery and magic. During this time, he encountered the Zana-Malata, an ethnic group of mixed descendants of the many pirates who settled on the island at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia, Graeber's final posthumous book, is the outgrowth of this early research and the culmination of ideas that he developed in his classic, bestselling works Debt and The Dawn of Everything (written with the archaeologist David Wengrow). In this lively, incisive exploration, Graeber considers how the proto-democratic, even libertarian practices of the Zana-Malata came to shape the Enlightenment project defined for too long as distinctly European. He illuminates the non-European origins of what we consider to be "Western" thought and endeavors to recover forgotten forms of social and political order that gesture toward new, hopeful possibilities for the future.

Under the Banner of King Death: Pirates of the Atlantic by David Lester and Marcus Rediker
Mutiny ensues against the tyrannical Captain Skinner, who is thrown overboard to make way for democracy aboard The Night Rambler. The crew's new order provides radical social benefits, all based on real, documented practices of contemporary pirate ships: democratic decision-making, a social security net, health and disability insurance, and equal distribution of spoils taken from prize ships.
It's not long before the London elites enlist a war-hungry captain to take down The Night Rambler and start a war of high society versus high-seas pirates. Adapted from the scholarship and research of historian Marcus Rediker, Under the Banner of King Death will inspire readers with its tale of those on the bottom fighting back and achieving, against all odds, a democratic and egalitarian social order, if only for a short time.

The Pirate's Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos 
Captain Kidd was one of the most notorious pirates to ever prowl the seas. But few know that Kidd had an accomplice, a behind-the-scenes player who enabled his plundering and helped him outpace his enemies.

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