Example Games

Any normal card game can be turned into an Expressive English card game as long as you make a sentence with the expression written on the card as you play it.

Play makes learning fast and fun so try games like Exprengo, Red vs Blue & Memory Match

Exprengo (2-4 players)

  1. Deal out 5 cards to each player and make a draw pile with the remaining cards.
  2. Take the top card from the draw pile and place it face up on the table. The first player must lay a card on this one.
  3. You can lay any card that has the same number or suit as the previous card.
  4. When you lay a card, make a sentence using the expression written on the top of the card.
  5. If you cannot lay a card, pick up a new one from the pile, and play continues on to the next player.
  6. The first player to lay all their cards is the winner.
“These cards are absolutely brilliant! My students love them and they’re great to have around whenever you need to inject some fun into the classroom”

Taylor Sapp English instructor

Red vs Blue (1-2 players)

  1. Divide the cards into two piles: cards with red speech bubbles and cards with blue speech bubbles.
  2. Player 1 draws from the red pile only, Player 2 the blue.
  3. Player 1 takes a card from the top of the red pile and makes a sentence using the expression written on the card.
  4. Player 2 then draws a card from the top of the blue pile and uses it to make a sentence that connects with Player 1’s sentence.
  5. Play continues alternately so that players make a continuous dialogue using the expressions on their cards.
  6. If either player cannot make a sentence that connects with the previous sentence, they pick up a new card and miss a turn. They cannot play this card until they have drawn another card on their next turn.
  7. Play continues until all the cards have been laid.
  8. The first player to lay all their cards is the winner.
“A fantastic game to have up your sleeve to get students speaking”

M.J Williams

Memory Match (1-4 players)

  1. Shuffle the cards and lay them face down on the table.
  2. Players take turns to turn over 2 cards and find a matching pair.
  3. If they don’t find a match, the cards are returned to their original place and play continues to the next player.
  4. If they find a match, they must make 2 sentences using the expressions on each card. If the sentences are grammatically correct they can keep the pair.
  5. After all the pairs are uncovered, the player with the most cards wins.

Game variations:

We tested out the Expressive English cards in our adult courses from Beginner through to Advanced, and we found them to be an interesting way of introducing and reviewing different grammar points. They were also great in private lessons.

Simon Hanrahan, owner of Travelman Eikaiwa in Miyazaki