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):
Tarzan & Jane
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
Starsky & Hutch
Teresa Ann Savoy
Superheroes, superheroines, and their super-villains counterparts..
Batman and Robin
From the Toon world..
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
Or, if you are a fan of Gene Roddenberry’s work..
And surely we can go beyond Hollywood or even showbiz..
The ex president Jimmy Carter
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin
This list can go on forever..
So, do some scrabbling and speak no English? No worries. Hollywood luvs ya!