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Speakin Pirate app review: avast me mateys!



If you’ve ever wondered how everyday words and phrases might sound coming from the mouth of a salty sea dog then you might want to check out Speakin Pirate for iPhone and iPad, a text-based phonetic translator app.

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I would like to emphasize before we get into the review that there is no audio content in this app; everything is text-based. As much as I would love an audible pirate translator utility, I think we’ll have to wait until someone comes up with one!

Speakin Pirate


Share Translations Online

What we have here is a fun and rather novel addition to the Entertainment category of the App Store, providing you with some basic tools to create text-based phonetic translations of your common words and phrases into the silver-tongued slurs of a pirate.

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The developer seems to have made this app largely with actors and other performers in mind, but I’ve been having some fun playing around with it. You can also share your translations with your friends and family online via Facebook, email, and text message.


Speakin Pirate Avast Me Mateys!
Speakin Pirate Avast Me Mateys!

No Audio Content

Speakin Pirate also enables you to copy your text translations directly to your iOS device’s clipboard so that you can paste them into chats on instant messaging apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and the like.

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Just to reiterate; this app does not contain any audio content, so if you’re looking for translations that you can hear rather than read then you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.


Speakin Pirate See the Full Range
Speakin Pirate See the Full Range

Speakin Pirate


Pros & Cons


  • Access a text-based phonetic translator for a Pirate accent
  • Designed for fun and for stage performers
  • Share your translations with others online via Facebook, email, and text message
  • Add translations directly to your device’s clipboard to paste into instant messaging apps like Whatsapp and Viber


  • There is no audio included in this app; only text translations


Speakin Pirate See Your Messages Translated
Speakin Pirate See Your Messages Translated

Final Words

There isn’t much more for me to say about Speakin Pirate other than to reiterate that I think it’s a fun little iPhone and iPad app which should suit all you scurvy-cursed, weevil-ridden sea scoundrels quite nicely!


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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.