4 Multilingual Word Games You Can Play for Free
Learning a new language can be challenging, but it surely doesn’t have to be boring. Multilingual word games such as Wordle are a great way to make language learning more fun and interactive, while still being educational.
Here are five of the best word games that you can play for free to learn different languages:
This is a great game for vocabulary building. You can play it with friends or family, and it’s suitable for all ages. The goal is to get your team to guess the word you are thinking of, without using any of the taboo words in your definition. For example, if the word is “cat”, some of the taboo words might be “feline”, “animal”, “pet”, etc.
Let’s imagine you are learning German. A word you might have to explain is das Fest (the party). Some of the taboo words might be feiern (to celebrate), Trinken (to drink), and Musik (music).
As you can imagine, trying not to say those words can be quite difficult, especially when you’re not playing in your native language! If you happen to use one of the taboo words in your definition, your team gets a strike.
While Taboo is obviously great for practicing vocabulary, it will also help players develop linguistic strategies such as resorting to synonyms when you don’t remember a specific word and trying to convey an idea in as little time as possible.
2. Word Ladder
Word Ladder is one of the most popular multilingual word games in the world. The goal is to change one word into another, using only valid words in between. Players get a starting word and an ending word with the same number of letters, for example: “cat” and “dog”. Then, they have to change one letter at a time, attempting to move from the starting word to the ending word. A possible word ladder, then, would be “cat, hat, hot, hog, dog”.
Of course, the real challenge is to do it in another language! Let’s suppose, for instance, that you are playing in Spanish and you are given the words pato (duck) and loro (parrot). A possible word ladder, in this case, would be pato (duck), paro (strike), poro (pore), loro (parrot).
As you can see, this game can be quite challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun and very useful for those looking to practice spelling rules in foreign languages.
Hangman is a classic word game that has been around for centuries. You know the rules: The first thing you have to do is draw gallows. Then, one person (the giver) thinks of a word, phrase or sentence and draws a dash for every letter contained in the word. The other player (the guesser) has to guess the word, one letter at a time, before they are hanged!
If the letter the guesser says is not in the word, then a part of the player’s “body” is drawn. If the player can guess the word before all the parts of the body are drawn, then they win!
If you are playing this multilingual word game in a language in which you are a beginner learner, you can make it easier by providing a definition of the word that your partner has to guess.
For example, if you are playing Hangman in French, and the word is “chat” (cat), you could provide the definition: un animal domestique qui a fourrure et miaule (a domestic animal that has fur and meows). This way, both players get to practice the target language with every new word.
Scattergories is another classic multilingual word game that can be played with 2 or more people. The goal is to come up with words that fit into a given category (Animals, Fruits and vegetables, etc.), starting with a given letter. For example, if the letter is “M” and the category is “countries”, some possible answers might be Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, etc.
When a player is done with their list, they shout “time’s up!” and then everyone compares their lists. If two or more players have the same word, it doesn’t count. At the end of the game, the player with the most unique words wins!
If you are playing this multilingual word game in a foreign language, you can choose the categories depending on the type of words that you want to practice. For example, if you are playing in Italian and you want to do a language-oriented game, you can come up with categories such as Nomi (Nouns), Aggettivi (Adjectives), and Verbi (Verbs).
Is there any word game that you enjoy playing with your friends or family?
Multilingual word games are a great way to learn new languages because they provide an enjoyable and stimulating environment that encourages players to use their creativity and think outside the box.
In addition, they help promote vocabulary retention and boost your memory. So, next time you’re feeling stuck in your language learning journey, remember that playing word games can be a fun but effective way to help you reach your goals.
At Language Trainers, we work with teachers who specialize in making their lessons enjoyable and fun by incorporating games, music, and informal conversation into their teaching methods. This is because our courses are designed to be interactive and engaging so that our clients can learn a new language while also having a good time.