There are, obviously, different Scrabble sets for other countries with different letters and - I assume - alphabets. I also assume the letter breakdowns (and point values?) differ - letter commonality may not be the same between languages.

But are there any (major) languages that don't have a set? I don't know if Chinese has a phonetic alphabet in addition to kanji, so I can't imagine they could have one if they don't.

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    Please ask that side question separately. It's a valid question, but functionally unrelated to what you're asking here as far as answering goes. Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 16:11
  • @VBartilucci :Scrabble and Mattel are the joint owners of the copyright for Scrabble. zdnet.com/article/scrabble-ownership-and-the-public-domain You could simply find out how in how many languages they publish the game. Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 14:10
  • @Vbartilucci : Kanji is a Japanese writing system borrowed from the Chinese but the Chinese do not call it Kanji. Their phonetic writing system is called «Bopomofo» en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bopomofo Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 14:16

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In 2008, there were 29 versions in different languages according to The Telegraph

The Boardgame Geek database includes 26 language versions (see the pulldown for languages here). That list doesn't include Chinese.

However: Wiki has a breakdown of most (all) language versions (including Chinese language version Zhuyin).

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    Some supplementary data: out of the top ten most spoken languages, only 5/10 have their own Scrabble version. There isn't one for Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, or Punjabi.
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 17:31
  • I'll also note that the 29 figure might include multiples under each language. e.g., both the French-Canadian and the French versions are listed under French on BGG, while it could be that the Telegraph source counted them separately. Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 17:33
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    I am dying to know what the letter breakdown is for the Welsh set. Soooo many consonants... Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 20:31
  • Well I'm glad you asked. In researching, I found Wiki has a more complete answer than I initially gave. Welsh tile distribution: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrabble_letter_distributions#Welsh Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 20:37
  • I've updated my answer with the wiki information. Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 20:40

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