CET Loves to Play Games

Written by Sabrina Laverty, (American University) CET Jordan: Internship, Spring 2017

I bet you didn’t know that CET’s got game. Not only are these professors highly skilled in the art of teaching Arabic, but also playing board games. Besides helping you improve your Arabic skills, CET immerses you in every cultural aspect possible in Jordan. This can range from cooking lessons to weekend excursions to ancient sites to even learning simple card games. Recently, CET faculty took us to a café to learn all about gaming culture in Jordan, and it was a great way to relax from all the stress. Here’s what I’ve learned:

One of my favorite games to play here in Jordan is Trix. This game is similar to solitaire, but the difference is that you can play it with four people. Essentially, you go around in a circle and try to get rid of the cards you have in your hand. The more complex part of the game is when you start to learn about the kingdoms and contracts which are rules meant to help you keep score. won’t ruin the fun it is to learn this game in Arabic, so you’ll just have to wait until you’re here in Jordan too!

A game that goes along with Trix is called Complex, and as you can tell by the name, this game is very complex! To be honest, I never really was able to pick up on this game and beat my other opponents. When it comes to keeping score, the rules are somewhat similar to Trix because it is a variation of Trix. However, in this game a person can partake in more than one contract at a time.

Another one of my favorite games is Jackaroo, a board game played by four people, two people on a team. The goal of the game is to get your marbles into home base before the other team does. You draw cards, similar to throwing a dice, and your cards determine how many spaces you move or can force your opponent’s marble to move or be removed from the game. If you’re really competitive and desire to win, have Ziad, a professor in CET, teach you how to play or have him on your team! We haven’t lost yet!


Even though you’ll be busy with homework and your internship, if you decide to be in that part of the program, there are still many opportunities during CET to have fun. Games are incorporated everywhere in your learning experience. What better way to learn a language? If you want a fun learning environment while you study Arabic, then CET Jordan is definitely the program for you!