Shiver me timbers! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day. We all have our favorite pirate expressions (don’t we? no, just me?), but have you ever wondered how pirates speak in other languages? To make this day truly international, we asked our e-Tutors how to talk like a pirate in their language, and some of them sent us some real, ahem, treasures.
Beim Klabautermann! – This is a typical pirate exclamation. A Klabautermann is an invisible ship ghost that wrecks havoc on a sailing ship. He is typically good-natured but a prankster and responsible for all unexplained noises. Sailors say if he knocks he is staying, if he grinds he is going. German pirates used to carry a chicken to repel the Klabautermann even though if it comes down to it he is said to warn the captain of dangers. He is usually depicted as a sailor with red hair. There really is no translation; the closest would probably be “Shiver me timbers”.
Zu Befehl! – Aye, Aye
Hau Ruck! – Heave Ho!
über die Planke gehen – walk the plank
이봐! 형씨 ebua! hyoungssi – Ahoy! Matey
제기랄 jegiral – Shiver me timbers.
야아아아아아 yaaaaaaaaaaah – Yaarr
어어어이! uhgggggggggggy! or 이봐! ebua! – Ahoy!
실컷 마시라고, 나의 동지여! silcut masilago, naeui dongjiyeo! – Drink up, me hearties!
동지들, 주목! dongjideul, jumok! – Avast, me hearties!
이 악물고 해. e akmulgo hae. – Bite the bullet.
대 참사를 부르짖어라! dae chamsarel burujituhra! – Cry Havoc!
Amo per squali – Shark bait
Accidenti – Shiver me Timbers!
E’ morto! – He’s gone to Davy Jones’ Locker! / he’s dead!
Spara quel cannone! – Fire in the hole!
Niente arrembaggio, niente pagamento! – No prey, no pay!
Gli uomini morti non raccontano storie – Dead men tell no tales
One Piece is a Japanese manga series about Luffy and his pirate crew. It started in 1997 and has 380 million copies printed worldwide, making it the best-selling manga series in history. In One Piece, Luffy explores the Grand Line with his crew of pirates in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” to become the next King of the Pirates. Here are some quotes from the series:
海賊王におれはなるっ! – I’m gonna be the Pirate King!
おれは助けてもらわねえと生きていけねえ自信がある。– I know that I need others to help me if I want to keep on living.
おれがなるって決めたんだからその為に戦って死ぬんなら別にいい。– I decided long ago that I’m going to be King of the Pirates. If I have to die fighting for that, then I die.