| Cat's Cradle | Tongue Twisters | Simon Says | Hangman | Bingo |
| 20 questions | Scrabble | Yiddish Geography | Dreidel | Pinochle | Chess
Yiddish Clubs and teachers often look for a novel way of bringing excitement and something new
to the meetings/classroom. Below is an initial list of Yiddish games and there will be additions regularly posted.
If you would like to have an addition added please send to Fishl.
|Etl Betl - Cat's Cradle||As a child, Fishl played this game with his Mama. Read about it in Der Bay, October 2005, Page 5.|
|Yidishe tsung plonters (tangle, muddle) - Tongue Twisters||Frume, froyen, fargesn, frier tsu fregn frages|
|Shimon zogt - Simon Says in Yiddish||Shortly a male and female diagram will be posted with sixty body parts. A list of 73 body parts is one of 40 Der Bay's word lists. It is at: http://www.derbay.org/words/body.html|
|Yidish talyen - Hangman||
You can play using the Hebrew/Yiddish letters or in transliteration. Therea are 40 Yiddish word lists in English and transliterated at: http://www.derbay.org/words/index.html
Do not use short words. Words that are prefixed are great. Some prefixes are: (anider, ant, arayn ariber, arop, aroys, aruf, arunter, der, far, iber, oyf, oys, unter.
|Yidish bingo - Yiddish Bingo||
Bingo is played on cards with 5 columns with 5 rows in each column. This gives 25 boxes with the center one being FREE. In regular bingo each column has 5 boxes that range from 1-15, 16-30 up til 61-75. Thus the odds are that one has 5 out of 15 or one-third of the time you will have a match.
Irving Lehrbaum made a set he calls SHOKL instead of BINGO. He used YIVO Standard Transliteration. Cards are drawn and the words and column are matched. When a person gets BINGO, one stands up and gives a SHOKL and “hollers out” SHOKL. One can made up a set using your own words.
|Tsvantsik frages af yidish - 20 questions in Yiddish||
Start with asking khaye, grins oder mineral = animal vegetable or mineral. The last time i played the game it was an oyg fun a nodl.
You can find the Yiddish word for 123 animals, 24 birds, 31 farm animals, 23 fish, 20 insects, 48 mammals, 33 fruit, 8 grains, 33 flowers/trees and 34 vegetables at: http://www.derbay.org/words/index.html
We are compiling a list of minerals.
|Yidish skrabl - Yiddish Scrabble||The November 2008 issue of Der Bay, page 5 is entitled, "A Yiddish Club Activity, Alphabet Games - Scrabble. It has a table of letters and point values.|
|Yidish geografie - Yiddish Geography||Akin to Geography where you say a place (city state, country, etc.) that starts with the last letter of the previous place. An example would be oystralye and eyngland. A list of continents, countries is one of 40 Der Bay's word lists. It is at: http://www.derbay.org/words/geography.html#lands|
|Dreydl - Dreidel||
Dreydl comes from the word drey meaning to spin.
The letters spell Nes Gadol Haya Sham = A great miracle happened there.
Each person puts in an item or several, candy, coins etc. in the pot or kitty
Nun = nisht, None - Next person spins
|Pinokl - Pinochle||Pinochle is a popular card game played with a deck of 48 cards. There are 2 cards of each from nine to ace. The game can be played with 2, 3 or 4 players and 1 or 2 decks. The Yiddish terms are found at: http://www.derbay.org/words/pinochle.html|
|Shokh - Chess||Jews have played a major role at internatinal chess matches. A link to words pertaining to chess matches is in the process of being compiled. if you have any terms you wish included or have started a list, please send it to Fishl|
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Last Updated on 4/17/2014
By PHIL Fishl KUTNER