5 Fun Games for Bilingual Families

I play Boggle. I mean, like, I play it… Every. Single. Day. I’m not even exaggerating. I bought this amazing app on my iPod, and I play every night to fall asleep. (Weird? Maybe.) I love word-focused games. I mean, really, I just love words in general.

But after I married a native Spanish speaker… well, word games put him at a severe disadvantage. He’s a good sport, but still, we started by-passing Taboo and Cranium to find some new, family favorites.

Phase 10 

An oldie, but a goody, this card game is always a good time. Players advance through ten stages, seeking different card combinations before the hand is over. Easy to travel… easy to learn!


Numbered tiles are ordered chronologically or in sets. The strategy opportunities engage adults in a super-focused way. Games can tend to be quiet, though… a LOT of thinking is going on!

Dutch Blitz 

This game is the exact opposite of quiet. In fact, when I play, it usually involves a lot of shouting, arm reaching, and jumping. It’s super fast paced as you try to discard your hand in chronological order before your opponents beat you to it. A card game that can be surprisingly physical.


In this team strategy game, you use cards you’re dealt to place tokens on corresponding spaces on the board. You and your partner work together to try to get five tokens in a row while also coordinating to block the team you’re playing. We introduce it to others, and it’s always a hit.

Bubble Talk 

We bought this game for my parents one Christmas. It does involve words, but they’re funny and you don’t have to come up with them! Each player’s cards have word bubbles on them. A photo is presented to all players, who then “play” their favorite caption. A group “judge” picks their favorite… most clever, most accurate, or funniest!

Next time you’re hosting a game night with multilingual guests, I hope these suggestions help create party fun that includes everyone. We are a game-playing family, and I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments for others to try!


  1. Our new favorite is Qwerkle - just colors and shapes and fun for anyone over 6!

  2. Katherine Bullock12:29 PM

    love me some dutch blitz! :)

  3. I'm adding a comment on Facebook here so I don't lose a good suggestion when the months go by! She wrote:

    I would definitely recommend the bean game: it's a lot like go fish but strangely addicting. http://www.amazon.com/Rio-Grande-Games-RGG-155/dp/B00008URUS/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1346415206&sr=1-1&keywords=bean+game

  4. It's all about UNO! :)

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