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    Games to Play at Christmas with Non-English Speakers

    Christmas Games for Non-English Speakers

    Whether you're aboard and someone inquires as to what you’re playing or you're at home and you have your long-lost cousin from Timbuktu who, like many people in the world, may speak and understand some words in English (a common second language in many countries), verbal is usually easier to say (rather than hear, and both are, generally easier than reading).

    Board games vary significantly in terms of ‘in-game’ text. BoardGameGeek is very good at providing one of my classifications relating to the depth of the language it is printed in. I, for one, will be with German in-laws for Christmas. Whilst they learnt it in school, there do not live in a touristic location and thus haven’t had the need to practice their English.

    They love board games, in fact it’s why I became hooked. However, since buying many, I’ve been conscience that I need to bring and play games they can understand.

    Games to play with, let’s say, retired people firstly, shouldn’t be complicated, whilst they like board games, they do not play many, nor do they play when we’re not with them. For this reason, they haven’t experience the gradually learning curve established as you pick up and apply one innovation in a game to another. (Games over the past 20 years have borrowed and overlapped mechanisms, making the entry and enjoyment faster).

    In addition to ease of play, with those not having English (as an example) as a mother tongue, choosing a game without text is also beneficial, and there are a few reasons.  For one, they might not understand it. Another, they might have to reach across the table to read it, and it might be upside down. They also will no doubt have to ask you, as the rulebook would probably be in English. In all, there would be significantly more downtime. Plus the frequency to play with them would mean they wouldn’t memorise it for another occasion.

    Many board game groups I attend in any week contains Spanish, German, Kazak, Bulgarian, French, Hungarian and other nationalities. For those people living and working in England, whilst still understanding the text, perhaps “enjoying” the opportunity to continue learning, the opportunity to relax and not have a language lesson would also be welcome with games with less text.

    What Games to Play this Christmas?

    Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Skull are all games that I would recommend. Whilst the first two don't require you to have any necessary talking, Skull requires you to count/state a number, but those numbers are possible to hear from prior attempts, and thus I would recommend it.

    Kingdomino, Photosynthesis and Klask are also considerations. However, I wouldn’t recommend Photosynthesis to explain unless you bring out your inner dramatic persona to demonstrate how to play (classic – “Be a tree” improvisation).

    My final thoughts are to play something that engages, can involve a tit-for-tat discussion to break the ice (literally in Hey, that’s my fish! An excellent non-verbal game) or one where you can get to know someone by derailing them in Ticket to Ride!

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    Very fast delivery, great price on the loopy looper games Would definitely recommend this company

    Very fast delivery, great price on the loopy looper games Would definitely recommend this company

    Have used Zatu for most of the board games I have gotten since I got into playing them (I'll blame my little brother for introducing me to the addictive world of board-gaming, who knew it could be so fun!) Each time I have used Zatu, the website has been easy to use, the prices are universally the best and they almost always have what I am looking for (and if they don't, I can find an alternative with no problem!). The latest purchase was a mystery box which came with a fantastic wee collection of games, including one I put off buying to get the mystery box, win win! I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone, whether they be a hardcore gamer, just starting out or looking for ideas for presents for the gamer in their life. 5 out of 5 stars!

    Have used Zatu for most of the board games I have gotten since I got into playing them (I'll blame my little brother for introducing me to the addictive world of board-gaming, who knew it could be so fun!) Each time I have used Zatu, the website has been easy to use, the prices are universally the best and they almost always have what I am looking for (and if they don't, I can find an alternative with no problem!). The latest purchase was a mystery box which came with a fantastic wee collection of games, including one I put off buying to get the mystery box, win win! I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone, whether they be a hardcore gamer, just starting out or looking for ideas for presents for the gamer in their life. 5 out of 5 stars!

    Great service and delivery and playing the complete Fireball Island has been such fun!

    Great service and delivery and playing the complete Fireball Island has been such fun!

    Only reason it's 4 and not 5 is I couldn't track my package, however the customer service was great!

    Only reason it's 4 and not 5 is I couldn't track my package, however the customer service was great!

    Zatu consistently have the best prices and some of the fastest service, they are always my first port of call.

    Zatu consistently have the best prices and some of the fastest service, they are always my first port of call.

    Quick delivery but could be packaged better. I got 3 games and they were in good condition but a bit loose with just a scrunch of brown paper.

    Quick delivery but could be packaged better. I got 3 games and they were in good condition but a bit loose with just a scrunch of brown paper.

    Purchased item as present, very pleased with service and really quick delivery.

    Purchased item as present, very pleased with service and really quick delivery.

    Quick delivery and brilliant service

    Quick delivery and brilliant service

    I have bought regularly from Zatu for around 6 months to a year now. I’ve bought mystery boxes as well as chosen games and always feel like I’m getting great value from them as well as a speedy and reliable service. Looking forward to picking out my next purchases!

    I have bought regularly from Zatu for around 6 months to a year now. I’ve bought mystery boxes as well as chosen games and always feel like I’m getting great value from them as well as a speedy and reliable service. Looking forward to picking out my next purchases!

    Excellent service quick delivery and easy to order. Will use again

    Excellent service quick delivery and easy to order. Will use again

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