We had the idea during our Language Exchange events in Paris to play “Rock-Paper-Scissors” in all the languages we could. The result is the video you may have seen (otherwise it’s just below). I decided to complete it with a table including more languages. Enjoy challenging people around the world!

LanguageWhat to sayAdditional Notes
Chinese, Cantonese包-剪-揼 (Baau1-Zin2-Dap6)Video of kids playing at each step of the stairs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohq_cAOqlDI
Chinese, Mandarin剪刀-石头-布 (Jiǎndāo-Shítou-Bù)A song for kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHCJrxV1G8c
CzechKámen-Nůžky-PapírA video of someone challenging people on the street and keeping the global count.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_BgMx66w20
DutchSteen-Papier-SchaarWhipped cream for the loser.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTdFj6MJU-4
EnglishRock-Paper-ScissorsHow to win. Video by BuzzFeed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnRYS02tvRA
FrenchPierre-Feuille-CiseauxFrench people also say "Chifoumi" or "Shifumi", which is apparently taken from the Japanese Hi-fu-mi (a shorter version of 1-2-3)
Like the Buzzfeed video, some tricks to win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-QodkOo4Ug
GermanSchere-Stein-PapierFamily playing together blindfolded.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKCGKfhSa5A
GreekΠέτρα ψαλίδι χαρτί (Pétra psalídi chartí)A rap song including the words.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFm0Y2QJl98
Hebrewאבן נייר ומספריים המנצח בין השתיים
אחת, שתיים, שלוש
(éven nyar umisparáyim hamnatzéakh ben hashtáyim akhát, shtáyim, shalósh)
Check this video for the pronunciation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOOeIf8e_5k
HungarianKő-Papír-OllóPlay against the Youtuber.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt_kk2LyhWM
ItalianSasso-Carta-ForbiciSasso, Carta, Forbici (or Forbice) in Roma. If the guy wins, he gets a kiss, if he loses a slap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRCmPpvMwvE
Japaneseじゃん拳ぽん (Janken pon)You need to say "あいこでしょ(Aiko desho)" when you're even and make the same sign. A demo by Sangoku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVLIpEn0gu4
Korean가위-바위-보 (Gawi-Bawi-Bo)Funny video from a Korean TV Show with people teaming up against each other.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiORcZFY3mk
NorwegianStein-Saks-PapirA video from a Youtube channel with people playing regularly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwNESMzu21U
PolishNożyczki-Kamień-PapierRock-Paper-Scissors explained in Polish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd7VghDk2kY
PortuguesePedra-Papel-TesouraWhipped cream if he loses and a kiss if he wins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QMHR40FDog
RussianРаз-Два-Три (Raz-Dva-Tri)The video that went viral of Russian slapping each other really hard when they lose.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvZFYjs80Y4
SpanishPiedra-Papel-TijeraA song you could also use to dance salsa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1T6UhBghEg
SwedishSten-Sax-PåseMembers of IFK Göteborg team playing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA6F27R2XN0
Thaiเป่ายิ้งฉุบ (Pèā yîng c̄hub)Two persons playing and the loser gets hit on the head.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNYVaGvVxCI
TurkishTaş-Makas-KağıtSome advice on how to win at Rock-Paper-Scissors in Turkish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2SMszPbvAg

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