Hollywood luvs ya!

This article about playable names is especially written for non-English speaking players

Many people, especially those who don’t speak English, find that the most intimidating part of this game is vocabulary. This is ironic, since playing scrabble actually helps us enrich our word bank, not jeopardize it. But that aside, there are indeed many approaches to throw in a chunk of words into our memory. One easy way is by using familiarity—by making use of the things we are familiar with. Like public figures’ names.

We are all familiar with many Hollywood’s characters—factual or fictitious. Now how about having them ever ready to give us a hand 24 hours a day? How come? Many of their names are playable! Check out the following list (focus on those you already know first):

Timothy Dalton
Morgan Freeman
Jack Lord
Don Johnson
Tarzan & Jane
Matt Helm
Martin Landau
Mel Gibson
Tom Hanks
Tommy Lee Jones

See how easy to remember all those ‘words’ if we already know them? We’ve still got to spell it right, though. Use them in play, start with the short ones (like Jack, Mel or Tom). No sweat.

Some are partially playable, like the following..

Catherine Zeta Jones
Halle Berry
Lara Croft
Steven Chow
Starsky & Hutch
Teresa Ann Savoy
Clark Gable
Edward Furlong
Sandra Bullock
Richard Burton
Maud Adams
Rowan Atkinson

Superheroes, superheroines, and their super-villains counterparts..

Batman and Robin
Wonder Woman
Superman
Ironman
Silver Surfer
Hell Boy
Spawn
Punisher
Daredevil
Doctor Doom
Sandman
Merlin
Poison Ivy
Hulk
Batgirl
Iceman

From the Toon world..

Mickey Mouse
Tiny Toon
Peter Pan
Woody Woodpecker

X-men..

Wolverine
Sabre Tooth
Mystique
Phoenix
Magneto

Mythology..

Apollo
Centaur
Druid
Cupid
Medusa
Sphinx

Sometimes, longer phrases make it easier to memorize short words..

The Loch Ness Monster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Mark Twain – Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Or, if you are a fan of Gene Roddenberry’s work..

Star Trek
Captain Kirk
Tom Paris
Jennifer Lien
Humanoid
Maquis
Starship
Engage
Energize
Quasar
Warp
Teleport
Wormhole
Subatomic particle
Sickbay
Singularity
Flux
Supernova
Subspace
Hyperspace
Enterprise
Pulse
Impulse
Delta Quadrant
Voyager
Gene Roddenberry

And surely we can go beyond Hollywood or even showbiz..

Dolly Parton
John Terry
Gloria Arroyo
Benjamin Franklin
Albert Einstein
The ex president Jimmy Carter
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin
Chopin
Cicero
Lindsay Davenport
Simon Bolivar
Napoleon Bonaparte
Rocky Balboa
Robin Givens
Saint Carolus
Led Zeppelin

This list can go on forever..
So, do some scrabbling and speak no English? No worries. Hollywood luvs ya!

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