Talk like a Pirate Day isn’t until September, so they’ve timed their announcement quite poorly, but still I’m sure some would like to get an early start learning to speak Pirate which is apparently a real language and not just a funny way of talking.
You can now download an app from the library and start learning any of 49 different languages.
Is it just me or are libraries getting weirder? Libraries ACT seem to be getting up to a whole bunch of wacky and interesting recently, none of which seems to involve lending books to people.
Still, learning pirate does sound pretty cool.
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“You may not have realised that pirate was a language, but it is, and you can learn to speak it fluently with Mango Languages, which can be downloaded for free by Libraries ACT members,” said Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT.
“We’re making learning a second language convenient and easy. The Mango Languages application is available to download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and other smartphones and tablets.
“There are 49 language courses to choose from, consisting of 34 for English speakers and 15 that teach English as a second language.
“Since we made the app available in November 2012, over 200 registered Libraries ACT members have used the language courses, with French and Mandarin in the lead as the most popular languages.
“Mango Languages allows people to create their own profile so they can track their progress and pick up their lesson at the same point they left it.
“The Mango Languages app is perfect for absolute beginners as well as those wanting to brush up on their skills.
“After downloading the app, people have unlimited access to all of the language courses where they can learn basic conversation skills in only hours, or in-depth comprehensive language skills over a longer period of time.