Pig Latin Lessons

Hi!  My name is Dani, and I am really excited about teaching you Pig Latin.  It's is a fun secret language that is easy to learn.

The basic concept of Pig Latin is that you rearrange the words.  How?  You simply cut off the first sound and stick it on the end, attached to a "ay" sound.  It's easy, really!

Click to hear how you say each phrase.  (Windows Media Player format.)

For words that start with a, e, i, o and u, you just say the word and stick a "hay" at the end.

"But hay is for horses!" you protest.

Well, that's how you do it.  Here are some examples:

If there's a double consonant at the start of a word, you stick both letters onto the "ay" part.  Take these examples:

For extra credit, try some words with three consonants at the beginning:

Okay, you're probably saying,  "This is so easy to do, how can it be a secret language?"  Like I told you, Pig Latin is easy, and one word at a time is easy to understand.

Wait until you try a whole sentence ... you'll see why it's a great secret language.

Now you're an advanced Pig Latin speaker.  You're ready to do Pig Latin in ... Latin! I've picked a saying that means "Seize the Day" -- live life to the fullest and enjoy every minute of it.  It's about making the most of every moment and every day.

How about Pig Latin in French?  I love French stuff and so does my poodle, Gigi Queen of the Universe.  Here's a challenging sentence in French.  It means, "Gosh! I just broke my leg!"
For my final trick, I'm going to show you how to sing The Star-Spangled Banner in Pig Latin.  What a trick!  What a hoot!  You can listen to the whole song in Pig Latin by clicking here: e-Thay ar-Stay angled-Spay anner-Bay
In English: In Pig Latin:
O, say can you see by the dawn's early light O-hay ay-say an-cay ou-yay ee-say y-Bay e-thay awn's-day early-hay ight-lay
What so proudly we hailed as the twilight's last gleaming. at-Whay o-say oudly-pray e-way ailed-hay as-hay e-thay ilight's-tway ast-lay eaming-glay.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ose-Whay oad-bray ipes-stray and-hay ight-bray ars-stay ough-thray e-thay erilous-pay ight-fay
O'er ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming. O'er-hay amparts-ray e-way atched-way ere-way o-say allantly-gay eaming-stray.
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air And-hay e-thay ocket's-ray ed-ray are-glay, e-thay ombs-bay ursting-bay in-hay air-hay
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. ave-Gay oof-pray ough-thray e-thay ight-nay at-thay our-hay ag-flay as-way ill-stay ere-thay.
O! Say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O-hay ay-say oes-day at-thay ar-stay angled-spay anner-bay et-yay ave-way
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! O'er-hay e-thay and-lay of-hay e-thay ee-fray and-hay e-thay ome-hay of-hay e-thay ave-bray.
That's Pig Latin!  Have fun with this and I hope you and your friends use it to great advantage, like we did with the Stan situation.

'Bye for now,
Dani and Gigi


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