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IELTS Speaking Game: Don't Say It!

When you're speaking in English, do you sometimes find that halfway through a sentence you can't remember the word you want? Or do you find yourself talking about something and realise that you don't actually know the word you need in English? Don't worry – it's not just you – it’s a very common problem. This is a game you can play with a friend or in teams. It’s called Don’t Say It! – the title tells you the main instruction in the game!  Here’s a quick guide on how to play it. There’ll be examples after so that you can see how it works: 1. There is a pile of cards with a phrase and three to four words written underneath on each card. The cards are laid face down so no one can see what is on top. 2. One person picks up a card and doesn’t show it to anyone else. The card has an underlined word or phrase on the top and then a list of three or four other words.  3. The person who picked the card then needs to describe the underlined phrase. But, and here’s where it gets more difficult, they must NOT say ANY of the words on the card. They have 1 minute to try to get their partner or team to guess what they’re talking about. If they repeat any of the words on the card their turn is over.  4. If their partner or team can guess the word or phrase, they get a point. If not, it is offered to the other team to guess. If that team guesses the correct answer, they win the point. The next person picks up a new card and the game continues as above.  This game is fun (and a little frustrating!) but it’s also great practice for the Speaking test.  In the IELTS speaking test, showing you can keep up a conversation if you don't know a word is as important, or maybe even more important, as knowing the right word. If you forget the one word you need, you can then use the same techniques you use in this game. Using expressions like these can help you keep talking when you get stuck.  This is something which... You use this to... It's the same as... It's the opposite of... It's a place where... This is something you do when... This is a person who... Here are some cards for you to have some fun with, why not download and print to create your card deck. You could even make your own. Even native speakers find this game difficult but everyone thinks it’s fun! Go on, try it.  Liz

Liz Marqueiro

17 April, 2020

IELTS Speaking Game: Don't Say It!

IELTS Speaking Word Game

When you're speaking in English, do you sometimes find that halfway through a sentence you can't remember the word you want? Or do you find yourself talking about something and realise that you don't actually know the word you need in English? Don't worry – it's not just you – it’s a very common problem.

This is a game you can play with a friend or in teams. It’s called Don’t Say It! – the title tells you the main instruction in the game! 

Here’s a quick guide on how to play it. There’ll be examples after so that you can see how it works:

1. There is a pile of cards with a phrase and three to four words written underneath on each card. The cards are laid face down so no one can see what is on top.

2. One person picks up a card and doesn’t show it to anyone else. The card has an underlined word or phrase on the top and then a list of three or four other words. 

3. The person who picked the card then needs to describe the underlined phrase. But, and here’s where it gets more difficult, they must NOT say ANY of the words on the card. They have 1 minute to try to get their partner or team to guess what they’re talking about. If they repeat any of the words on the card their turn is over. 

4. If their partner or team can guess the word or phrase, they get a point. If not, it is offered to the other team to guess. If that team guesses the correct answer, they win the point. The next person picks up a new card and the game continues as above. 

This game is fun (and a little frustrating!) but it’s also great practice for the Speaking test. 

In the IELTS speaking test, showing you can keep up a conversation if you don't know a word is as important, or maybe even more important, as knowing the right word. If you forget the one word you need, you can then use the same techniques you use in this game. Using expressions like these can help you keep talking when you get stuck. 

  • This is something which...
  • You use this to...
  • It's the same as...
  • It's the opposite of...
  • It's a place where...
  • This is something you do when...
  • This is a person who...

Here are some cards for you to have some fun with, why not download and print to create your card deck. You could even make your own.

IELTS Speaking Word Game

Even native speakers find this game difficult but everyone thinks it’s fun!

Go on, try it. 

Liz

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Liz Marqueiro

Liz has been teaching IELTS around the world for over 25 years.

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