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Word Games to Practice English

Word Games to Practice English

These word or vocabulary games were created to help English language learners improve their skills. Not only does this give you focused language practice, but it also ensures you’re practicing at the right level for your skills.

The Grammar of Doom 

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Key question: Is there any retro game to practice English for free?

The Grammar of Doom is an adventure-style game where you explore secrets hidden within an old, magical temple. To get an idea of the game, imagine if Indiana Jones taught your English class. There are a total of 10 rooms in the temple, and each room has its own series of puzzles that you have to solve using English. In order to move to the next room and eventually (finally, in the end) beat the game, you have to use your grammar and vocabulary skills to create English sentences and solve these puzzles.


Level: All levels

Key question: What’s the best word game to improve my English vocabulary?

If you like action-packed ESL games that have you working against the clock, Wordshake is right for you. This game gives you 16 random letters of the alphabet and three minutes. During that time, you have to come up with (think of) as many English words as you can using the letters you have, and every time you make a new word, you get points.

The letters don’t have to touch each other or be in a particular pattern like they do in crossword puzzles, and you’re able to select letters in any order. Since there aren’t any complicated rules with Wordshake, it’s a good vocabulary-building game for beginners and advanced students alike.

Human Brain Cloud

Level: All levels

Key question: Is there a word association game to practice English for free?

The Human Brain Cloud is a project, a game, a learning tool, a social experiment. It’s anything you want it to be, and it’s awesome. Described as “a massively multiplayer word association game,” the Human Brain Cloud is as simple as it is complex (that has many connected parts).

You’re given random words, and your goal is to type in words, expressions or even sentences you associate with the words you get. For example, if you’re given the word “single,” your answer can be “ladies,” “married,” “me,” “and ready to mingle,” “double” or anything that comes to your mind when you see that word.

4 Pics 1 Word

(Android | iOS)

Level: All levels.

Key question: What’s the most entertaining yet simple app to practice English vocabulary?

What do mountain biking, a walnut, six-pack abs and a rock have in common? They’re hard! What about fire, a volcano, soup and coffee? They’re hot! Easy, right? OK, one more: what do a plane, light, Usain Bolt and a cheetah have in common? They’re all super fast!

These are just three examples out of the hundreds you’ll get while playing 4 Pics 1 Word. The rules of the game are super simple: you get four pictures that have something in common, and you have to guess what it is. Whether you’re a beginner learner of English or a fluent speaker, 4 Pics 1 Word will surely activate your brain and make you think in English. Plus you can always create your own flashcards for the words you don’t know.

Magnetic Poetry

Level: All levels

Key question: Is there a game to practice English writing without having to write?

200 word tiles in English and one promise: “Magnets That Reveal The Poet Within.” 20 years later, the original Magnetic Poetry kit has been to five countries and moved in and out of 11 houses, and it has helped people make many memories along the way.  Magnetic Poetry has grown a lot since it was created. It can now be found in several different languages and in the form of over 100 thematic kits.

And although the way of using it has remained the same, it’s super interesting to see these little magnetic words get known worldwide. Magnetic Poetry offers five complete kits for free online (the original kit and four thematic ones).


Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Key question: Is there a game to practice English and help those in need at the same time?

Freerice is another quiz-style game that helps you improve your vocabulary skills. Instead of answering word problems, you’re given a vocabulary word and then have to find its closest synonym out of four different words.

The game starts out easy but, with 60 levels in total, it gets much harder as you go along. What really makes Freerice different from other online games is that the company will donate 10 grains of rice to hungry families for every question that you answer right.

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