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Rana

Rana-1Rana is one of the most popular passtimes in Colombia. You'll find it in many bars, and some people have them in their houses. It's a great way to enjoy a couple of Colombian beers.

Rana is extremely simple to play. It is typically played by pairs: two teams of two play each other. Each team has six brass rings, called "gargollas" in Spanish. The object of the game is to throw the rings into the frogs, or "ranas", located on top of a wooden box. There are usually three ranas in a game, and you also receive points for putting the rings in holes on the top of the box.

Rana is probably the most popular in Colombia, but it's also beloved in other countries as well. In Spain and Chile it's known as "juego de la rana" (game of the frog), while in Argentina and Peru it's called "juego de sapo" (toad game), and Bolivians call it "tiro al sapo" (throw at the toad).

Rana is a great betting game. Often people will play rana after getting out of work or on weekends, and the wager will be that the losing team buys the winning team a round of beers. The game is played to a predetermined score that is noted on a scoreboard on the wall.

Rana, in addition to being fun, can be a great way to brush up your knowledge of Spanish numbers. Spanish numbers in increments of one hundred can be a bit confusing. They are as follows:Rana-2

100.....cien
200.....doscientos
300.....trescientos
400.....cuatrocientos
500.....quinientos
600.....seiscientos
700.....setecientos
800.....ochocientos
900.....novecientos
1000....mil

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