Add a pirate translation layer to your Rails app! Talk, like a Pirate!
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Ahoy, mateys!

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, 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.

rake pirate:translate["config/locales"]

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!
  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