Monday, June 07, 2010


No, I'm not dead. I've been doing other things. For example, learning Italian. Shortly after we started the Italian For Travellers course, I researched Italian games. I discovered there's an Italian variation on Scrabble called Scarabeo, and I set about finding one. I found a BGG user who was willing to trade away his copy, so in exchange for a game I mail-ordered from Nestor Games, a copy of Scarabeo made its way to Australia on a slow boat. It arrived a few weeks ago, but Scrabblette (soon to be Dr Scrabblette) has been too busy to play, and indeed too busy to study Italian. Luckily, on the weekend Miss Jane was looking for a game, and Miss Jane has been learning Italian as well, so we played.

I have two Italian dictionaries, both of which got a serious workout during the game, but only short time after we started Jane said "We're doing it! We're playing Scrabble in Italian!" The result is shown above. The previous game Miss Jane and I played was Jaipur, in French, so we're really getting quite random.



Anonymous said...

Scarabeo is Italian Scrabble? To me a Scarabeo is an awesome Italian scooter made by Aprilia. Much more fun.

I am impressed that since French isn't enough of a challenge you need to load Italian in your brain, too.

Friendless said...

Yep, I found out about the scooter when I was Googling yesterday. To learn Italian I had to defer plans to learn Hindi. It's not really brain power, it's time to study that I lack.