This page is dedicated to online games, puzzles and activities that will help with your English and hopefully you'll find fun to do!




Wordshake

Wordshake is a multi-user vocabulary game presented by English Online and based on the popular game Boggle. You can play a solo version of the game on the LearnEnglish site to practise or familiarise yourself with the game before entering the Challenge mode. In the challenge mode you can test your skill against another online player in this synchronous game mode by visiting English Online.

How to play Wordshake


Playing rules
You are given a random assortment of 16 letters in a 4 x 4 grid and are set a time limit of 3 minutes. In that time you must spell as many words as possible. The words, of course, must be real words, spelt correctly as checked against the word list of 52,000 words and must contain between 3 and 7 letters. A letter cannot be used twice in the same word. When forming your word, you can select letters from any position as long as you follow the spelling order.

Scoring
Points are awarded depending on the number of letters in the word (The "Qu" cube counts as two letters).
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3 letters = 1 point
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4 letters = 2 points
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5 letters = 3 points
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6 letters = 4 points
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7 letters = 5 points
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Wordmaster

Here's a word game from the BBC's Chinese website. In it, you’re shown a sentence with a word missing (indicated by a blank). Then you have to click on an on-screen keyboard to type the correct word “hangman” style. You can ask for clues, and you’re competing against the clock. You can also choose various levels of difficulty, and the game has thousands of words. And after you’ve either guessed the correct word or the timer is up, you can have the sentence read to you.



Phrase invaders

For those who like shoot'm up games here's a space invader game where you shoot letters to build a phrase. This comes from the Dictionary.com website.



Hangman

I imagine you've all played hangman in English lessons at school. Here's a link to an online - and quite challenging version on the Dictionary.com website.