5 Fun English Speaking Games To Help You Level Up Your Language Skills

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English learning games can be a great way to develop your knowledge. They offer a refreshing break from traditional language learning methods by letting you engage with your classmates in enjoyable and entertaining ways.

In this article, discover 5 fun games to improve your English speaking skills and try them out with your friends or classmates!

Game #1: Picture Description

In this game, you’ll get the chance to improve your descriptive skills by learning how to paint a picture with words.

How to play

The players will need to find different pictures, print them out and fold the paper up to hide the picture. Place the folded pictures in a hat or the centre of a table and mix them up.

Then, each person will take a picture and describe it to the other players without them seeing it. Remember to focus on important details like colours, shapes, people, and places.

The other players then have to try and guess the picture based on your description. They can also ask you questions to get more clues.

Game #2: Taboo

Taboo is another exciting game that will put your descriptive skills to the test. It’s similar to the

popular board game Articulate, except this version allows you to play without spending any money!

How to play

The words for the game come from everyone in the group. Each person thinks of a noun or a proper noun, writes it down, and then all the words go into a hat.

To play the game, you will choose a word from the hat and describe it to the other players. But you also get a list of forbidden words that you are not allowed to use when describing your word.

The forbidden words all relate to your main word, so you have to think outside the box to explore other ways to describe it to your teammates. They then have to try and based on your clues.

Game #3: Mind Reader

Mind Reader is a thrilling and fast-paced game that’s designed to test your thinking and communication skills.

How to play

Write the name of a famous person on a post-it note and stick it to your teammate’s forehead without them seeing it.

Your job is to describe the famous person to your classmate without saying the famous person’s name. Your teammate then has to guess the person before time runs out – and they only get 30 seconds!

Game #4: The Yes/No game

This game is a fantastic way to improve your question-and-answer skills and your fluency while having fun. It encourages you to put on your thinking cap to find creative ways to give helpful answers.

How to play

Start by thinking of a word – but don’t tell anyone the word! Then, your teammates must take

turns asking you questions to guess the secret word.

But here’s the twist: when your teammates ask you questions, you can’t say “yes” or “no” (or use any similar words) in your answers. You also cannot nod or shake your head! The idea of the game is that you have to come up with clever and descriptive words to help your teammates correctly guess the word.

Game #5: Charades

Charades is a fun-filled game that can help you improve your English speaking and vocabulary skills. By acting out different words and phrases, you can improve your vocabulary and gain a better understanding of nuances and non-verbal communication.

How to play

Gather your friends and take turns ‘acting out’ various words or phrases without speaking. You can only use gestures, actions and body language to explain the word or phrase, while your teammates try to guess the word within the time limit.

Films, TV shows, and books are often popular choices to act out in a game of Charades.

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