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Spanish Bananagrams
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2010
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This is a truly fun word game. To enter into realm of bananagrams in español is to entera land of possibilities and collaboration. I have played this game in a teaching / tutorial basis with small groups of people of different language abilities. The non-competitive /competitive nature of this game allows for team work and surprises one and all. This game is part language skills, part visual skills. It works! It makes winners out of all players and provides a great boost to the language learner who is always surprised by the discovery that they know so much more than they thought they did. And, when there is no one else around with whom to play, you can play it as a solitaire game. Love it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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I like Bananagrams in English and bought the Spanish version to help make me speedier in recalling Spanish words, including verb conjugations. I find the letter frequency to be "off." I checked it against Wikipedia's table of letter frequency to find that it's not so far off, except for particular letters.

In building bananagrams, I'm typically left with an abundance of vowels that I can't integrate into the words I already spelled out. For example, there are fewer c, d, r and s tiles in the game than is indicated by the letter frequency chart; there are more g, h, j and o tiles. I know the percentage will be off for single letters (like k, w and x), but the letters that disappear too quickly when I build bananagrams are represented by 2 or more tiles. Having only 8 s tiles is hard for me. Maybe my difficulty flows from my mediocre vocabulary or because the letter frequency is supposed to suit 2 or more contending players rather than one person building an anagram.

At any rate, I love Bananagrams, and once I get more experience with the Spanish version, I'll just cannibalize another set to make something with letter frequency that lets me use up the tiles.

Here's the frequency in the Spanish set of 144 Bananagrams tiles: A=17, 11.8%; B=3, 2.1%; C=5, 3.5%; CH=2, 1.4%; D=7, 4.9%; E=17, 11.8%; F=2, 1.4%; G=3, 2.1%; H=3, 2.1%; I=8, 5.6%, J=2, 1.4%; K=1, .7%; L=5, 3.5%; LL=2, 1.4%; M=3, 2.1%; N=7, 4.9%; Ñ=2, 1.4%; O=12, 8.3%; P=3, 2.1%; Q=2, 1.4%; R=7, 4.9%; RR=2, 1.4%; S=8, 5.6%; T=6, 4.2%; U=7, 4.9%; V=2, 1.4%; W=1, .7%; X=1, .7%; Y=2, 1.4%; Z=2, 1.4%.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
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I tried playing Spanish Bananagrams with the English version and it just didn't work- the letter distribution is too different. This game was great for a fun way to practice Spanish with our Spanish club. Would definitely recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2010
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I was looking for an end-of-the-year game to play with my Spanish classes. I had not heard of Banagrams, but I liked that numerous players can play at one time, so I decided to give it a try. Wonderful fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2011
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This has turned out to be a really fun family game for the whole family. We have an international household with members from various Spanish speaking countries. The game has helped us all sharpen our Spanish skills, have taught kids how to use the bilingual dictionaries as well as the Spanish dictionaries, and somewhat helped settle battles as to which country has the best Spanish (somewhat being the operative word). The Spanish version contains various Spanish alphabet characters. Well made, easy to travel with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
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We found this to be a great fun and educational gift to take with us on a trip to Peru .... as a thank you gift to our host family. It was something an entire family could enjoy .. and the instructions were in Spansih
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2010
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Bananagrams is better to play than Scrabble and much more fun, especially when several people play the game.
Spanish or English it is a magnificent educational toy. Every family should own Bananagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
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So I was familiar wit this game in English and I have taken a fair bit of Spanish course in high school and college and this game was still quite a challenge. The instructions included are in English and Spanish. I play this with my friends and siblings and I think there's a solo game-type as well. The banana-shaped pouch is cool, there are tons of tiles, tiles are very good quality, bag is of acceptable quality, instructions are paper and need to be preserved by plastic bag, lamination, scanning, etc.

Anyway, I'll be on the lookout for other Spanish cross-overs like this one because this one has provided and will provide hours of entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
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The set should contain a higher proportion of vowels. For almost any word in English, the Spanish word contains more vowels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
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I bought this for my friend who speaks Spanish, in hopes it would help me learn new words when we played. She ended up helping me so much that I won, but it was definitely fun for both of us! It's nice to play a game without a board, and it challenges you to think outside the box.
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