If your social media feed is anything like mine, it’s probably littered with people showing off their Wordle skills. If you are like me, and absolutely suck at Wordle, but don’t want to be the only person in your network not playing it, then this article might be for you.

This highly frustrating word-guessing game created by Josh Wardle to play with his partner, gives you six guesses to try to find a five-letter word. Letters turn green if they’re in the puzzle and in the right spot, yellow if they’re in the puzzle but in the wrong spot, and gray if they aren’t in the word. 

You can only play Wordle once per day, and everyone gets the same puzzle to solve each day, which makes it extremely embarrassing if you are the only one who can’t seem to get it right.

Whether you’re a Wordle newbie or a seasoned player, here are a few tried-and-true Wordle strategies to get you started on the road to mastering the game. 

How To Pick The Best Wordle Starting Word

Try using words that include lots of vowels and common consonants, as this tend to be the best for getting, or eliminating letters at the get-go. Words like ADIEU, ORATE, or RADIO are great if you want to eliminate a lot of of the vowels. 

Pause And Take A Step Back

Once you get some of those green and yellow squares, you might be tempted to keep trying to use the letters you found and shuffle them around. But Wordle pros recommend playing a second word that uses a lot of popular letters that weren’t in your first word, so you can get a better sense of what letters might be in your big win.

If You Are Not Averse To Some Cheating

If you’re totally stumped, there are ways to make “solving” the puzzle easier with a bit of googling for the day’s answer. For example, Inverse.com posts clues and lets you scroll down to see the solution.

If you’re not into cheating and are just looking for a little help, you could use Scrabble word finder tools, which allow you to filter based on starting and ending letters, or put in any letters you’ve found with a couple of wild cards, too. 

Another suggestion is to play the game first on a web browser to make sure you have the winning word before you play it on your real account and make your results public (if you know what I mean).

If you love Wordle type games but also have a potty mouth, you should try Sweardle. This version lets you put to good use, all those four-letter words that you would much rather use.