Friday, June 6, 2014

Taboo - Best Game To Improve Verbals

That's right, I'm the only guy cool enough to tell you to play a 13 year+ board game.  The game Taboo is one of my all time favorite board games and it will improve your verbals and pickup skills.

Its both word association and concept associate at the same time.  You try to get your friend to guess a word without using the 5 most common words listed on the card.  It forces you to use synonyms, ideas, concepts to help your friend guess the word.

The video does a good job at explaining.

Here is another example.

Word is:  Camera

You can't use the following words:

So what are ways to get around these words?  You quickly start generating a few ideas.  No camera manufacturers are listed so you can start by those.
  • Nikon
  • Canon
  • Sony
You can't use "picture" but what about components of a picture?
  • Megapixels
  • Resolution
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • Focus
  • Lighting
  • White Balance
Components of a camera are not listed so what are some words we can use there?
  • Lens
  • Flash
  • Batteries
  • LCD Screen
  • Timer
  • Tripod
  • Filters
What about names of famous photographers who use this item?
  • Ansel Adams
  • Peter Lik
What about websites and programs that you can use?
  • Flickr
  • Facebook
  • Picasa
  • Lightroom

I'm obviously going overboard to make some extra examples.  Hopefully your teammate should have guessed this a long time ago.  If not, punch him in the face and make some smarter friends.  Hopefully this example I provided shows how a simple board game can drastically improve your verbal and mental ability to network many words, ideas, and concepts.  Its great for making your conversations more interesting, more specific, and you never run out of things to say.

Find a group of 4 or more friends and do this on a chill night.  Girls are welcome too so it doesn't have to be a circle jerk of pickup guys.

Link below if you want to get one:


  1. How is a kids board game supposed to improve my confidence and my game with the ladies. Come on brah. I hope your next post provides some value.

    1. You didn't even read the post. The game isn't supposed to improve your confidence. Its supposed to improve your word association and verbal skills. Derp.

    2. There's some basic practice you can do to get freer with your words, especially if your off the cuff is as fucked as mine that really give you a lot more confidence.