Collectible Vocabulary Cards


Remember vocabularies while playing alone or with friends using Gengoya Vocabulary Card.
(or we would like to call it Gengoya Card) .
Gengoya Card has different themes for each pack.
You can use Gengoya Cards to remember Japanese / English / Bahasa Indonesia.

How to Play


Old Maid

Difficulty : EASY (Everyone is equal, remembering the words or not will still give equal chance of winning)
Recommended players : 3-4 players
Aim : Player who finishes his/her cards first wins.
Duration : 10- 20 minutes for a pack of card.

Stack Red & Black cards separately, then shuffle each stack.

Spread TWO Black and TWO Red cards to each player.

Look for MATCHING cards on your hand.

Whenever you have a MATCHING cards, show it to everyone and say the word out loud. (this is important to help you remember!)

Take the matching cards out and put it open in front of you.
*Do not put the cards on top of each other, put it side by side so other players can see.

If you don’t have matching cards, take ONE Black and ONE Red card from the stack.

Once the stack runs out, start taking ONE Black and ONE Red card from the player before you.

Continue playing until someone finishes all his/her card. He/she is the winner!

Continue playing until one player remains, he/she is the loser!


Pair Out

Difficulty : MEDIUM (Remembering the words will give you advantage by a little bit.)
Recommended players : 1 – 4 players
Aim : Player who got most cards wins.
Duration : 15 – 30 minutes for a pack of cards.

Place all Black & Red cards as shown in the illustration above (Make sure none of the cards is upside down).

Take ONE Black card and ONE Red card, then match it.

If you did not get a MATCH, put it back.

If you get a MATCH, take the cards and you get one more turn.

When you get a MATCH, always show it to everyone and say it out loud. (this is important to help you remember the word!)

Continue until all the cards are out, then count the matching cards. The player who has most MATCHES wins!


Karuta ala Gengoya

Difficulty : HARD (Remembering the words will be greatly advantageous.)
Recommended players : 2-4 players + 1 jury
Aim : Player who got most cards wins.
Duration : 10 – 20 minutes for a pack of cards.

❶ Spread RED cards evenly between players and place it open in front of each player. Card position should be balanced so each player can reach every card. If there are RED cards remaining, place it open in the middle.

❷ Choose a player as Jury. He/she will hold all BLACK cards and will read the Japanese sentence/word for every turn.

❸ Jury will start by picking a BLACK card and read the sentence or word written on the card. Players then will have to look for a pairing RED card in the playing field.

❹ Whenever a player placed a hand on the card that he/she think is right, he/she can not move it to another card. When everyone has placed their hands, the Jury will tell the correct answer. The player who got it right will receive the card as a POINT.

❺ If several players placed their hands on same card, the Jury will decide on whoever is the quickest, he/she will receive the card as a POINT.

❻ Keep playing until the Jury finished reading all cards. He/she who has most POINTS at the end is the winner!

TIPS : For Karuta ala Gengoya, players who already remember the words will receive a huge advantage because he/she will be able to react faster to the correct answer.

TIPS : Karuta ala Gengoya is recommended to be played between players who are either “have not remembered any cards” or “have remembered all cards”. Imbalance between players will make the game less competitive when playing.

TIPS : When nobody picked the correct card, that turn will be nullified without anyone receiving any point.



Recommended players : 2-5 players
Aim : Player who got most token wins.
Note : For those who speak English / Indonesian and want to remember Japanese words
Those who speak Japanese and want to learn English / Indonesian.

If you want to learn Japanese, use RED cards only. BLACK cards will be used as TOKENS.
If you want to learn English/Bahasa Indonesia, use BLACK cards only. RED cards will be used as TOKENS.

Choose one player as Jury. He/she will be in charge of dealing the cards and giving tokens. (Jury can also hold the word list provided in the package to check the answers.)

Jury starts by taking a card from stack and open it to everyone.

The players have to raise their hand if they think they can answer it. Jury then choose which player raised his/her hand first.

If his/her answer is right. Give him/her a token. If the answer is wrong, one token is TAKEN from him/her (unless token count is zero).

Continue until all the card is finished. He/she who has most tokens wins!


Recommended players : 1 player
Aim : Review yourself with App

Digital version of Gengoya Cards are also available to expand your Japanese vocabulary knowledge on-the-go! There are two ways to get the digital version :

  1. Use the code included inside the packaging of physical Gengoya Cards and input it at
  2. Purchase just the digital version at

FREE with registration : Hiragana Set is free with login. Use it and memorize all the hiragana letters as the first step of your Japanese learning journey!




You can combine multiple packs of Tango Card.
All games can be done with unlimited amounts of cards. However, once it gets too many the games might get too long to play. In that case, you can customize your own deck with cards from multiple packs.

Word list for each pack is available on the back side of the packaging cover. Refer to it whenever you forget what is the translation to a word.

Every pack comes with a code. DO NOT THROW IT AWAY. The code will be used to unlock future features. Online Review where you can play the cards online will come soon and it will use this code.