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Scrabble…the ‘Arabic Version!

'Arabic Version of Scrabble

Scrabble – a classic board game invented by an out of work architect during the Great Depression (check out the meaning) has been a favorite pastime of Western families for more than five decades. I loved playing as a child and was delighted to find – after a four year search – this game in the ‘Arabic Language. It sells at 119 SAR at Toys R Us – a bit much – however, in my humble opinion it’s well worth it. To me, it’s more than just a game. As one who’s striving to learn the ‘Arabic language, I see it as a learning tool, a beneficial pastime if you will. It’s an excellent and interesting way to expand your vocabulary through dictionary reasearch and asking others proficient in the language. It also strengthens your memory by recalling words you’ve learned in the past and earnestly working towards memorizing new ones. Hasbro states that teachers consider Scrabble a fun and innovative way for kids to develop vocabulary, spelling, math and spatial relation skills. I agree.

Most of the following tips can be incorporated into the Arabic version of the game…

Points vs. Leave

Sometimes making the most points in SCRABBLE isn’t as important as what you leave on your rack. Think about the letters you’re leaving behind. Are they high point tiles that don’t combine well together, or are you close to being able to make a bingo (i.e any word played that uses all seven letters on the rack, earning a bonus of 50 points)? Sometimes, playing fewer letters in SCRABBLE can help you get the tiles you need to make the big play. And at other times, playing a longer word with a lower score gives you the opportunity to refresh your rack, drawing tiles that could breathe life back into your game.

When to go back to the bag

Most casual SCRABBLE players don’t ever exchange their tiles, but it can be to your benefit to refresh your rack. If you’re consistently making low-scoring plays, you may consider exchanging your tiles. Make sure you look carefully at all the plays you could make before doing so. There might just be a hidden gem in a mix of letters that seem impossible. But a good rule to remember while playing SCRABBLE – leave as few high-point tiles in your rack as possible.


Always look for plays parallel to words already on the SCRABBLE board. You get points for every word you form, so while a word played alone may have a low score, the bonus from the words formed in conjunction with the parallel word can significantly increase your score.

Hot Spots

Head for the hot spots, better known as the bonus squares on the SCRABBLE board. One triple word score can make or break a game. And combining it with a high-point letter on a double letter score can multiply your points exponentially.


Hooks are the one letter that will spell a new word when added either before or after a word already on the SCRABBLE board. For example, turn LUSH into BLUSH, HOST into GHOST, and COME into COMET and watch your points add up.

Rack Management

Managing the letters in your rack can help you to find the harder plays. We know that many words end with –S, -ED, -ER and -ING. If you have these letters in your rack, move them to the right. Likewise, many words begin with UN-, IN-, and RE-. Moving these letters to the left of your rack can help you to find words you might otherwise miss. {Hasbro}

So, who wants to play?

3 thoughts on “Scrabble…the ‘Arabic Version!

  1. thanks for your post! I too have been searching for a Scrabble set in Arabic. Now at least I know which company to try next. It’s a pity there aren’t any addresses in Jordan where I will be soon.

  2. You’re quite welcome.

    Check local toy stores before going to Toys R Us. No soon after I posted this article, I found the game nearly four times cheaper (and right across the street from where I live – at that!). Smiles.

    Thanks for the comment.

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