To help you break the monotony of Kanji study, we came up with a fun game using Twitter!
To start, all you need is a Twitter account and to follow our Twitter account @japanesepod101
(What’s Twitter you ask? Read our guide here.)
How to Play Japanese Kanji Scrabble
On the day we play in the morning (Japan time), we’ll select 10 Kanji: 1 Key Kanji and 9 other possible suffix and/or prefix Kanji.
Kanji Scrabble #01 [日] 二、本、一、国、人、十、中、三、時 (Learn How to Play http://ow.ly/3xU3)
Here is what you do:
1. Using the Key Kanji (the one in brackets): Make as many compound words using the Key Kanji and Kanji in the list
*Remember each compound you create must included the Key Kanji*
2. Write those compounds in a reply to our tweet or come to Kanji Scrabble blog entry and enter your kanji compound creations in a comment! Others will be commenting.
3. At night we’ll post the answers to our Kanji Scrabble in another tweet.
4. Check our tweet again at @japanesepod101 and compare to your answers.
5. That’s it! It’s that simple to play!
We’ll be tweeting our first Kanji Scrabble on 04/22/2009 at 10:00 p.m. Japanese time so get ready! Answers will be posted 24 hours later.
Here are some examples to show you how to reply to the tweets.
@japanesepod101 Kanji Scrabble Answer: 二日
@japanesepod101 Hrm… Are these right? 二日、一日
@japanesepod101 I know only 4 Japanese words and this is one of them 一日
@japanesepod101 一時, 中三、国、人
These answers don’t contain the key Kanji in brackets.
These answers contain Hiragana. No Japanese readings or Hiragana may be used.
@japanesepod101 ichinichi, futsuka, ichinichijuu, nihonjin
Because this is for your Kanji practice, make sure to practice by actuallly typing the Kanji. Let’s graduate from romaji!
@japanesepod101 Today I read a book. Also mowed the lawn. It’s getting hot today! Kanji Scrabble 二日、一日、一日中
Try to tweet about only one topic or thought at a time. Don’t worry, everyone tweets often so turning the above into 4 separate tweets is okay!
Want to Play with your friends? Retweet!
If your friends aren’t following @japanesepod101 on Twitter, share the Kanji Scrabble question! “Retweeting” our tweet lets you work together on the Kanji Scrabble and then you can answer later. You can also share the link to the blog post.
Here’s how to “Retweet”
RT is short for “Retweet” and saves on character count (remember, 140 characters is the tweet limit).
We’re waiting for your tweets and blog comments!
UPDATE: #kanjiscrabble Under 3 hours left. Did anyone get the 4 character compound?