Delight yer users with the flavor of the high seas!
Add a pirate translation layer to your Ruby or Rails app! Talk, like a Pirate!
Try the gem out on Ahoy Mat.ee, which allows you to translate any page on the public internets.
Translate English to Pirate on the fly!
TalkLikeAPirate.translate("Today is a good day to die") => "Today is a jolly good day t' die"
If you pass in a sentence (and have a bit o' luck), you might get some extra piratey flavoring sprinkled on the end of your string!
Build a Pirate locale layer for i18n
Use i18n? The pirate rake task can generate a pirate locale (arr, by default) based on your English locale files.
It'll iterate through all of your en.yml files in that location and build a pirate version. You can also specify a specific en.yml file to translate just that file!
The pirate dictionary is fairly generic. You may have domain-specific lingo you think would be fucking hillarious in pirate. So, add on to the dictionary!
Add a config file at
And format it like so (all keys are optional):
locale: pirate # This defaults to arr, but you can override it if you'd prefer a different locale string! dictionary: computer: voodoo bill: debt policies: creeds inventory: treasure chest pirate_flavor: # the flavoring occasionally added to the ends of sentences - "T' Davy Jones' locker wit ya"
Using Ruby without Rails?
TalkLikeAPirate works great on Ruby (without Rails) as-is.
If you want more sophistication in your translations, you can add the Rails ActiveSupport gem for translating singular and plural versions of words. In your project, be sure to:
require "active_support" require "active_support/inflector"
And, due to dependency weirdness in ActiveSupport, you'll also need the i18n gem installed. So, in your Gemfile:
gem 'activesupport', '~> 3.0.0' gem 'i18n'
Feel free to write specs, add to the standard dictionary, etc. Submit a pull request and we'll see what happens!
Copyright (c) 2013, developed and maintained by Steve Hodges, and is released under the open MIT Licence