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Words With Friends “Love Letters”: Connecting Long Distance

by on February 11, 2014

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Every day, millions of players connect and compete through word-play in Words With Friends.  Our third annual Valentine’s Day in-game survey asked our players to share their stories of how they’ve connected with their family, friends and even random opponents.  We’re inspired by the hundreds of stories we’ve received showcasing how our players thrive on competition and use their word-rivalry as a meaningful way to stay connected with one another.  We can’t think of a better time than Valentine’s Day week to share players’ “love letters” in their own words.  We hope you’re inspired by their wordie connections as much as we are!

Dear Words With Friends,

Thank you for keeping me connected with my husband!

As a linguistics professor, my husband is often out in the field doing his research – usually in the mountains of Laos for two to three weeks at a time, while my daughter and I are in Kyoto, Japan.

In the village where he works, there is sometimes no electricity, patchy cell phone service, and definitely no Internet. So, I can’t get in touch with him for days at a time and I don’t know when he is back within email reach. But every so often, when I wake up in the morning and he’s played his turn in Words With Friends, I know he’s in town from the village and he’s okay.

Sometimes we use the chat feature in the game for short messages, like a quick note from him during his last trip: “I had cobra for breakfast!” Yikes. I will stick with toast and eggs!

Since we met, we have pretty much been global citizens and have always worked to find ways to stay connected.  Between us, my husband and I have lived in Japan, Washington DC, London, Thailand, Laos, and back to Japan.  Overcoming distance and time differences has always been a challenge for us.  So, waking up in the morning and finding a move on Words With Friends by my husband overnight is always a nice way to start the day.  Also, since he is a linguistics professor, it’s certainly fun to play word games with him and especially satisfying when I beat him!

We’re not just global citizens – we’re multilingual as well!  I’m half German and Japanese and I grew up in both countries.  English is my third language, with German and Japanese my mother tongues! My husband is from Philadelphia, from a family of British and Scottish descent, which is why we had our wedding in Scotland.  He studied in Japan for two years as a teenager and subsequently went to college in Japan, so he speaks fluent Japanese.

When we first started dating, we only spoke Japanese to each other. Now we switch between languages, depending on the situation and place we are.

Following in our footsteps, our daughter is on her way to truly being a citizen of the world and already speaks English, Japanese, Thai and some German!  She is just mastering Words With Friends herself and plays against her grandmother, who lives in Philadelphia.

Thank you again, Words With Friends, for keeping my family connected around the world and across generations!


Isabella Badenoch

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