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Icebreaker / refresher


I used an ice breacker many yars ago, that showed participants actions to help them learn how to count to ten in chinese. The only action I remember is itchy knee.... w hich isnt really going to get me very far!

Could anybody come to my rescue?

4 Responses

  1. icebreaker

    Hey Theresa,

    I’m curious – I too remember something very similar, from attending a CIPD meeting in Solihull, maybe 7-8 yrs ago. It wasn’t the same place you heard it was it?


  2. Chinese or Japanese?


    I don’t speak Chinese so I could be wrong, but I do speak Japanese and ‘itchy’ ‘ knee’ is Japanese for 1, 2.  I don’t think this is the same in Chinese (but as I say, I could be wrong).
    1  Ichi      2  Ni (pr Knee)    3  San     4  Shi (pr shee)    5  Go    6  Rokku    7   Shichi (pr shi’chi with a hard ‘ch’ sound, as in ‘church’)       8  Hachi  9        Kyu (pr queue)       10   Ju
  3. Japanese counting


    The one I know is Japanese, when you say the number you put an action with it to help remember the words.  I have done my best to remember all the actions, but 6, 9 and 10 I just can’t think off. 
    1      Ichi  – Scratch your…
    2     Ni (pr Knee)  – Knee
    3     San  – Point to the sun
    4     Shi (pr shee) – Point to a girl
    5     Go – Walk on the spot    
    6     Rokku –    
    7     Shichi (pr shi’chi with a hard ‘ch’ sound, as in ‘church’) Ski on the spot
    8     Hachi  – Sneezing action
    9     Kyu (pr queue)      
    10  Ju
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