Some Miscellaneous Vocabulary [78/365]

There is a game my friends and I sometimes play called Cockroach Poker, which can be played with pretty much any cards.

When teaching the pre-beginner Japanese class last year I had us play this game using Japanese Magic: the Gathering cards, and I think that it is likely we play the game again tomorrow or at future Cambridge Japanese Circle meet ups. So I want to just go over the (Magic) vocabulary on the cards I use. Some of these are more generally useful than others!

平地
(へいち)
“heichi”
flat land, plains


(しま)
“shima”
island


(ぬま)
“numa”
swamp


(やま)
“yama”
mountain


(もり)
“mori”
forest

セレズニアの歩哨
(セレズニアのほしょう)
“serezunia no hoshō”
Selesnya Sentry

帰化
(きか)
“kika”
naturalisation // naturalise

取り消し
(とりけし)
“torikeshi”
cancel

刺し傷
(さしきず)
“sashikizu”
stab wound


Cockroach Poker gives us practice of Japanese for agreement or calling bluffs. It can get pretty hilarious! I will do a follow up post after I next play the game, with some of the useful “stock phrases” that we use 🙂


Image credits: Wizards of the Coast Magic: the Gathering cards (Japanese language).

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