5 reasons you should play games to learn English

by | May 16, 2024 | Brain-friendly tips and strategies | 0 comments

Why should you play games to learn English?

This is one of the questions I asked English teacher, Vickie Kelty. Vickie is an expert at making learning a fun and enjoyable experience through playing games. 

Her answer?

They’re fun of course!

Hey, who doesn’t love a good game? (apart from my partner!)


Let’s face facts, learning English (or any language) is hard work but we can make it enjoyable!

And if something is fun and we’re enjoying ourselves, we’re much more likely to stay motivated and stick with it.

That’s what we call a win-win!

But apart from being fun there are more reasons you should consider playing games. Here are 4 that might convince you to dust off your best ones!


#1 No overthinking!

When we’re playing a game we focus on doing just that! Our aim is to solve the puzzle, answer the questions, get a point, win the game… which means we’re not overthinking the language we’re using or worried about making mistakes! 

And when we’re not worried about making mistakes we feel calm and we can get the language out of our head and into the conversation much easier (even if it’s “imperfect”, it really doesn’t matter!)


#2 Boost your language and skills

Games often involve repetition, which helps reinforce vocabulary, grammar, and other language skills in a more natural and relaxed way. 

Rather than reciting past participles parrot-fashion, use them in a game like Never Have I Ever This is also a great way to get to know your colleagues, friends, classmates better… Prepare to be surprised!!! 


#3 Use your language and build confidence 

Many games encourage communication and collaboration, giving you a chance to interact with others in English and build your confidence speaking English. Some of our favourites are 20 Questions, Scattegories and Taboo.

 #4 It’s real life!

Games also help you understand how we use words and phrases in real-life situations. Whether it’s solving puzzles, completing challenges, or simply having conversations while you’re playing, you can pick up new vocabulary and expressions in a more memorable and authentic way.

 Convinced now why you should play games to learn English?

Contrary to popular belief, learning a language is not all about memorizing vocabulary lists and conjugating verbs – it’s about finding a way to make it enjoyable so you stay motivated, make progress and move closer to the best version of Your English Self (that person who you really want to be and show to the world!)


“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer.


Watch my full chat with Vickie to learn about the benefits of playing different kinds of games,  how you can play games alone (and why you should), and get some top recommendations from the queen of games herself!



A big thanks to Vickie for joining us at Ask Anything. If you have any questions you can connect with her on Instagram @vickiekelty or head over to her website vickiekelty.com and definitely check out her blog posts about playing games: 

The top 4 language games that teach you English

Why general games are a great idea to get fluent in English 

Language games for kids can be great for adults too


Happy Smarter Learning! (the CALM way)



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