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Pirates!

EVERYONE LOVES PIRATES. YOU ONLY NEED TO LOOK AT THE SUCCESS OF THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FILMS TO KNOW THAT. IN FACT, JACK SPARROW AND HIS CREW ARE ACTUALLY THE GOODIES IN THE FILMS! BUT REAL-LIFE PIRATES WEREN’T SO AMUSING. SO, WHY DO WE LIKE THEM SO MUCH?

Why pirates are everyone’s favourite bandits.

Anne Bonny

Perhaps the main reason is the pirates themselves. Many of them were so larger-than-life that they make Jack Sparrow look ordinary in comparison. The most famous of all is probably Edward Teach – better known as “Blackbeard”. Teach earned this nickname because of the large beard that covered almost all his face. When attacking ships, he would put hemp into his beard and set it alight to terrify his enemies. As a result, many thought he was “the devil himself”. Blackbeard struck fear into the hearts of everyone he knew and captured more than 40 ships. He was finally killed when the Royal Navy ambushed him on 22nd November 1718.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (193) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 15 useful slang expressions. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 10 expressions for talking about seafood, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Technology – eReaders. • Work – ridiculous requests. • Language – how to speak English. • Culture – festivals. • Travel – Poland. • Legends – Robin Hood. • Hollywood – Russell Croew & Cate Blanchett. • Business – dishonest salespeople. • Crime – cheats. • Cuisine – fish pie. • History – pirates. • Music – Chopin. • Accents – the Polish English accent. • Business skills – how to negotiate. • Current events – modern-day pirates. • Language – situational irony. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!