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Vocabulary - Kick the Can and Other Games!

In this Spanish Difficult Review quiz we will be checking out some very popular games and their Spanish names. Who doesn’t love to play games? Board games are especially fun and they do get you away from a computer. Computers are great but the old fashioned board games and card games is where you really can show your competitiveness and learn strategy! You also interact with people and not electronic signatures of people.

In addition to the board games, there are those street games and playground games. You probably have played several of these games yourself so they should be familiar to you. Now how would you like to be able to play them in Spanish? That would be double the competitiveness and double the strategy! But before you can double up – you need to know the Spanish names of these games so let’s take a look!

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GAMES

ENGLISH SPANISH
battleship acorazado [m]
bingo bingo [m]
cards tarjetas [f] (note that the J sounds like an H)
charade charada [f]
checkers damas [f]
chess ajedrez [m]
clue pista [f]
hide and seek escondidas [f]
kick the can patear la lata [f]
monopoly monopolio [m]
mousetrap ratonera [f]
poker póker [m]
red rover rover rojo [m]
risk riesgo [m]
scrabble escarbar [m]
tic-tac-toe tres en raya [f] (means noughts and crosses)
twister tornado [m]

Are you familiar with any of these games? Great, because for this quiz you will be given the concept of the game and you will have to then match the game to the concept. Naturally the game names will appear in Spanish. Are you up for the game challenge? Then it is – GAME ON!

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  1. This is when people have to act out a name, place, activity or just about anything but they cannot speak at all to the players of the game until they can guess what it is you are trying to act out for them.
    The game in which you have to act out a name, place, activity or just about anything without speaking until the players can guess what it is – is called charade. The Spanish word for charade is charada.
  2. This is when you spin a wheel and then have to put a hand or foot on a colored dot on a mat.
    The game in which you spin a wheel and then put a hand or a food on a colored dot on a mat is called Twister. The more people who play it, the more your body gets twisted trying to find the colored spot to get your body on. The Spanish word for Twister is tornado.
  3. If you like to have lots of money, properties, houses and hotels and hope to not go to jail, then you are playing this game!
    If you like having lots of money, properties, houses and hotels and hope to not go to jail, then you are playing the game of Monopoly. The Spanish word for Monopoly is monopolio.
  4. This is a game where you have a card with numbers in a grid and when you get 5 numbers in a row that have been called, either up and down or side to side or in a diagonal, you shout out the name of the game!
    The game in which you have a card with numbers in a grid and when you get 5 numbers in a row that have been called, you yell out the name of the game is called bingo. It is spelled the same way in both English and Spanish.
  5. In this game you have pawns that must protect your king and you must avoid a checkmate.
    The game in which you have pawns that must protect your king and you must avoid a checkmate is called chess. Chess in Spanish is ajedrez.
  6. This is when you look for a place to go to where you won’t be found by the person who is 'it'.
    When you look for a place to go to where you won’t be found by the person who is 'it' you are playing the game of hide and seek. The Spanish word for hide and seek is escondidas.
  7. This is a grid with nine squares. There are two players. One player uses an O and one player uses an X. The task is to get either three Os or three Xs in a row to win.
    When you have a grid of nine squares and there are two players with one player using Os and one player using Xs and they have to get three in a row you are playing the game of tic-tac-toe. The words for tic-tac-toe in Spanish are tres en raya.
  8. This is a game of tiles with letters on them and the trick is to make a word and land on either a double the letters square or triple the letters square.
    The game of tiles with letters on them and you try to land on a double the letters square or a triple the letters square is called Scrabble. Scrabble in Spanish is escarbar.
  9. Solitaire, Old Maid, Uno, Whisk, Crazy Eights, Spades, Pinochle and Gin Rummy are all different kinds of ____ games.
    Solitaire, Old Maid, Uno, Whisk, Crazy Eights, Spaces, Pinochle and Gin Rummy are all different kinds of card games. Card in Spanish is tarjeta.
  10. This is a board with squares in two different colors and discs in two different colors. One player has red discs and one player has black disks. If you jump over your opponents disc, it is removed from the game. The game is played until the opponent’s disks have all been removed or it comes to a draw.
    The game where you have a board with squares in two different colors and disks in two different colors with one player having red disks and one player has black disks and the object is to jump over your opponent’s disk to remove it is called checkers. The Spanish word for checkers is damas.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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