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Fun Games for Practicing English at Home

Do you like games?

Well, what if we told you that they can be a fantastic way to practice English?

Besides being fun and energizing, they’re full of opportunities to boost your skills—from listening and speaking to vocabulary and spelling. 

Here are some games you can play at home for free, even if you only have two players! Some of them can be played for points (meaning you can keep score), and others are just for practice. Either way, you’ll have a great time!

Free English Games to Help Improve Your English

20 questions

You don’t need to do anything to prepare this game. It can be played at home, on a walk, on video chat, in the car . . . almost anywhere! 

All you have to do to start is think of a person, a place, or a thing. Make sure you don’t tell anyone. The other player(s) ask you a maximum of 20 yes/no questions—you can’t give any other answer besides “yes” or “no.” Whoever guesses what you’re thinking of gets a point. If no one can guess correctly after asking 20 questions, you get a point. Then, switch players!

Chain story

This game involves telling a story one piece at a time. Choose one player to start a story—they should only say one sentence, though. They could say something like “Once upon a time” or “I was walking to the store one day.” One by one, each player adds one sentence to the story. If there are only two of you, just go back and forth. See how long you can keep  the story going!

Charades

This is a simplified version of a classic guessing game. Start by writing down vocabulary words you’d like to review—only one word per card or piece of paper. Make sure to mix up the cards and put them face down on a table so no one can see the words. Next, one person goes up to the front of the room, picks a card without showing anyone else, and acts out the word using gestures but absolutely NO talking! The first person who guesses the word correctly gets a point. After a word is guessed, someone else comes up to act out the next one. 

Picture description 

All you need to play this game is a Google image, a piece of paper, and a pen. One player starts by finding a picture online without showing anyone else. Next, that player should describe it to the other player(s). The goal is for the other player(s) to listen carefully and draw the picture as correctly as possible, based on what you tell them. This game is great for a laugh!

Two truths and a lie

This is a game that works especially well if you and the other player(s) don’t know everything about one another. Each player needs to write down three statements about themselves: two true and one false. The first player (let’s call them the “liar”) starts by telling the other player(s) their three statements. The other player(s) must try to guess which one is the lie by asking the liar questions to get more information. If the liar is able to convince the other player(s) that their lie was actually true, the liar gets a point!

Conclusion

If your English practice is starting to feel a little stale, freshen it up with one of the games above. You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget you’re learning!

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.