The yes/no game

This amazing simple game is great for practising open and closed question formation as well as general speaking fluency and has the ability to turn a stern, serious businessman into a giggling 5 year old.

The aim of the game is to avoid saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ (and to make others say ‘yes’ or ‘no’).

Time: 10 – 20 minutes
Preparation: Zero (you need some blank/scrap paper)
Level: Pre-intermediate – Advanced
Happy students: ***


  1. Tell students to tear out 5 pieces of paper. Students write their initials on each piece of paper
  2. Explain that they have to ask each other questions but they must not answer with ‘yes’ or ‘no’
  3. If a student says ‘yes’ or ‘no’, they have to give one of their bits of paper to the student who they are speaking to
  4. Set a time limit of 10 minutes (or how long you wish)
  5. The person with the most pieces of paper at the end is the winner

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  1. For fun lessons, please check also our English vocabulary games at We have already two games: True or False and Word Guess. Our word database contains over 2800 words in 90 categories. Enjoy!

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