し:しりとり Shiritori Game

27 Jun

We are having an awesome summer! Swimming, picking strawberries, playing with friends, soccer, trying new veggies from the CSA… each day seems to FLY by. I am sorry I have not been posting as frequently this month. I also apologize for being slow in replying to comments and emails. Our life is busy, busy, busy!

A game that my daughter and I enjoy playing is Shiritori. It is a very popular Japanese word game. What I love about this game is that almost anyone of any age and skill level can play this game, and it doesn’t require anything but your brain! It is a great way to learn/review vocabulary. We like to play this game while driving in the car.

This is the simple way to play the game:

1) One person begins by saying a Japanese word (usually a noun).

2) The next person has to say a word that begins with the last kana of the previous word.

3) Next person does the same as #2. You keep taking turns thinking of a word that begins with the last kana of the previus word.

4) Words cannot be used more than once.

5) If you say a word that ends with “ん”, you lose!

Here is an example:

たいや–>  やま–>  まくら–>  らいおん(oops, you lose!)

There are other variations to the game to make it harder. You can read more about Shiritori Rules HERE (wikipedia).

And HERE are some printable shiritori games (happylilac.net).

You can watch a video of us playing Shiritori at the top of this post. My 4-year old is better at this game than I am! I challenge you to play this game with someone today :).

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12 Responses to “し:しりとり Shiritori Game”

  1. yseino June 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    She is so smart! I was trying to play along while watching the video and completely failed.

  2. Sayaka June 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM #

    Cute video! She is way smart!

  3. Rachel June 28, 2012 at 8:07 PM #

    I showed the 8-year-old I’ve been teaching Japanese to this video. She learned ~のまけ from it, and we played the game later on in the car. She loved it! We had a lot of fun, and it’s great for vocabulary building. I’ve always wanted to share the game with her, and this video was the perfect way to do so because of another kid like her in it (though half her age). Thanks!

    • Hiragana Mama June 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM #

      I’m glad you were able to play it! Such a fun game.

  4. adelaideben July 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM #

    It is a great game, and fantastic way to practice your Japanese.

  5. Asianmommy July 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM #

    Very cute–I’m impressed with the way you’ve been able to find ways to make practicing Japanese fun.

    • Hiragana Mama July 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

      Thanks! I don’t want my kids to associate learning Japanese with a chore :)

  6. Kozue July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

    In a blog I read today, it said people in India enjoy “song Shiritori game”.

    http://paraiso100.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/4/

    You would have to know a lot of songs, but it could be fun! I just thought to share with you :)

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