how to say board games in Spanish

How to say “board games” in spanish

I’ll bet you’re wondering how to say board games in Spanish. That’s probably why you’re here. 🙂

Here’s the simple translation:  “Juegos de mesa”.

That’s how you say board games in Spanish.

Let’s break it down:

“Mesa” means table.

“De” means of.

So you’re literally saying “games of the table”.   

There are a lot of Spanish phrases that are kind of backwards sounding like that, to an English speaker.   That’s because we often put the adjectives in front, at the beginning of the phrase, while in Spanish they often put the modifier at the end of the phrase by saying “de”.  

Juegos” means games, in the context of board games.   If you were talking about a sporting event, like a soccer game, you would use the word “partido”.   But when you’re talking about a non-athletic type of game, you say “juego”.

Here are a few other tidbits related to board games in Spanish.

“Cartas” is the word for cards, as in playing cards.

That may seem a little funny at first because “cartas” also means letters, like a letter you would write to your friend.

Another word for card is “tarjeta”, but that is not the one that’s used in the context of playing cards, for whatever reason.  It’s used for credit cards, for example.  

I find that to be the case with a lot of Spanish phrases:  You could come up with a literal translation based on some vocabulary lists that you’ve seen, but often times it’s a slightly different synonym or variation that is actually used for hey specific phrase, especially if it’s an idiom.

So there you have it, that’s how to say board games in Spanish.

As for some of the specific games, like Monopoly or Othello, they often have unique Spanish names that don’t necessarily sound like the original English title.

That’s kind of similar to how movie titles are often translated in a very different way, as opposed to a literal translation of the original English title.   I’ve always found that kind of funny.

Anyway, thanks for reading this post, and I hope you found it useful. 🙂 

If you wanna check out some other topics, feel free to peruse my favorite board games, read the introduction to Fun Table Games, or learn how board games can help your brain.