Thursday, February 25, 2010

French Zingo

I did a review of a game that Diego received for Christmas, Zingo, a couple of months ago. This game is still a huge hit and Diego ask to play it almost every day. The playing pieces and cards all include a picture of the object and the word written in English. We have never played Zingo in English, instead we call out the words in Spanish.

In order to incorporate more French into our playtime, we have started playing French Zingo. First, I had to translate all of the words into French (for myself), make a cheat sheet, and ask my friend, the French teacher, to help me with the pronunciation. Next, I pulled out the game and told Diego that we were going to play it in French. My always easy-going up-for-anything son was instantly on board. I called out the words in French and Diego repeated them. After a couple of rounds, he would say the word in French without prompting. I am amazed at Diego's willingness to learn French. I really think that it is partly his personality and also that he is so used to having two ways to saying everything that he is fine with having one more. We plan on doing the same process for more of our favorite games soon.

ThinkFun French Zingo!

*** I recently found that you can buy a French and Spanish version of Zingo on Amazon. I am not going to by another game but I thought that someone might by interested.


  1. I need to check out their site to see if you can order just the cards and the boards, because I'm with you, I don't want to buy another board, but I do want to have a variety of cards.

  2. Sounds like a great game. I am off to look it up and see if I can find it in German.

  3. i was at the bookstore the other day and saw "hooked on french" for $16! i thought of you!

  4. Well, that French Zingo game looked great to get my son speaking more French and practicing his vocabulary. We have Kingka in Chinese which he loves, and this is a bit similar. But I can't find it anywhere that will ship to Canada... it appears that they are not making it anymore as it isn't mentioned (nor the Spanish edition) on the company's website, only the English and Hebrew versions. Barnes and Noble, and several other stores that have it listed online say it is no longer available in French. You can apparently still get it at and (shipping only within the US)... oh well! It does look wonderful.


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