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Backgammon Part One لعبة الطاولة Posted by on Jan 19, 2022 in Arabic Language, Games

Have you played Backgammon لعبة الطاولة before? If not, in this post, we’ll learn a bit about it’s background history and how to play the game as we pick up some new Arabic vocabulary words. 😉

Backgammon in Arabic is called طاولة meaning “table” or طاولة الزهر since زهر in Arabic means “dice”.

✨Here are a couple of questions about Backgammon’s origin. 

متى اخترعت لعبة الطاولة؟

يعود أصول هذه اللعبة الى حوالي العام ٣٠٠٠ قبل الميلاد 

When was backgammon invented?

The origins of this game go back to around 3000 BC.

مَن اخترع طاولة الزهر؟

أكثر المراجع تؤكد أن أصل طاولة الزهر فارسي

وقد وجدت أيضا آثار ألواح زهر تستخدم لهذه اللعبة في مدينة “أور” العراقية

Who invented backgammon?

Most references confirm that the origin of backgammon is Persian. Traces of dice boards used for this game were also found in the Iraqi city of Ur.

✨Now that we have an idea فكرة of where and when this game originated, let’s learn the rules القوانين. What’s great is that you don’t have to own an actual Backgammon set, you can play online.

Image provided by Yasmine K.

✨Watch this video explaining the rules of the game in modern standard Arabic and follow along in the transcription below. (Part one of this post covers from beginning to minute 0:49)

🎇سلسلة شرح لعبة طاولة – الأساسيات

لعبة الطاولة أو طاولة الزهر هي لعبة مشهورة جداً في الشرق الأوسط  والبلاد العربية. تتكون اللعبة من صندوق خشبي ممكن أن يكون مزخرفاً أو مطعمة باالصدف أو بقطع خشبية ثمينة. ويحتوي على عدد من الأقراص البلاستيكية  أو الخشبية باللونين الأبيض والأسود. عددها ١٥ قرصاً من كل لون. وحجري نرد سداسي. يجري التحدي باللعبة بين لاعبين فقط وينقسم صندوق اللعب إلى جزئين رئيسيين يفصل بينهما فاصل عامودي طولي ويتعرف عليهم “ببيت اللاعب” و”المنطقة الخارجية”. حيث يضم كل جزء ناحيتين وكل ناحية تحتوي على ست خانات على شكل مثلثات. يصبح مجموع الخانات الكلي ٢٤ خاناً. 

Backgammon is a very popular game in the Middle East and Arab countries. The game consists of a wooden box that can be decorated or inlaid with pearls or precious wooden pieces. It contains a number of black and white plastic or wooden discs. There are 15 discs of each color. And two hexagonal dice. The challenge of the game takes place between two players only. The game box is divided into two main parts separated by a longitudinal divider, which are identified as the “player’s house” and the “outside area”. Each part includes two sides, and each side contains six columns in the form of triangles. The sum of all columns is 24.

Stay tuned for next week’s part two post where we continue learning how to play لعبة الطاولة!

Till then, happy Arabic learning! 😊

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MarHaba! I am half Jordanian of Circassian descent and half American. I have a Master's in Second Language Teaching and I teach Arabic as a foreign language here in the US, both MSA and Levantine Arabic. I hope to help you become more familiar and interested in the Arabic language and culture.