Whoops, this snuck up on me this year. My wife reminded me last night that today is international Talk Like a Pirate Day. I like this holiday more than I should.
If interested, the official website is here: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
For me, the important thing about this website is that it lists pirate phrases to use all day in English, German, and Dutch. I use the German rather shamelessly: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howtogerman.html. My favorite phrase is “Pfeffersack”, which means bag of pepper (or somebody a pirate is about to attack). Who doesn’t want to call a friend a bag of pepper?
I start the day out each year by teaching all my classes the pirate song “Kaperfahrt” (which is listed at the bottom of the above page). It was covered by a German Band “Die Aertzte” a few years back, which I play on YouTube after we’ve got it down, but the homemade covers on YouTube are just as fun. I like to sing it in a round.
After that, I’ll go over the main phrases with them, assign roles, have them stand up and say a couple phrases to each other, etc. This year I think we’ll do a couple of short skits using the words to get their creative juices flowing, and then I’ll choose a few sayings and have them do student-generated pirate stories.
UPDATE: Today worked quite well. As expected, my German I classes didn’t quite know what was going on but enjoyed calling each other land rats and pepper sacks. The upper level classes said “Oh yeah” and had fun, although I needed an additional reading for them that I wrote the previous year to give them enough of a challenge. And my Seventh Grade class outsung every other section I had. They be good pirates.