ESL learning games

Choose the ESL topic you (or your ESL students) wish to learn, revise the vocabulary and then test language skills with the quiz. Materials on this webpage are of most use to beginner-level ESL students. If the student wishes to revise the vocabulary before trying the games, they should visit the English flashcards index page or the English picture dictionaries index. ESL students with some familiarity with the language may wish to try the English/ESL spelling games.

English/ESL games include:

Numbers in English - ESL numbers resource. Start with the numbers 1-12 ESL game . After this continue learning up to 20 with the 13-20 ESL game. For learning multiples of ten play the 0-100 ESL game. Learn the numbers, choose the speed and play. Audio for learning to pronounce the English numbers can be found on the intro page. Interactive and fun pedagogical resource designed for effective memorization of English numbers words.

Fruit and vegetables ESL game - 15 of the most useful words for fruit and vegetables in a simple quiz with audio included. For beginner students and those needing to go grocery shopping. ESL students can enjoy flicking thru our ESL flashcards: fruit and veg before testing their vocab retention with the quiz.

Food and drinks - some of the most useful common food vocabulary with audio in a basic and colourful multiple-choice quiz designed for kids or school students and children. 15 words for beginner ESL students. 15 words for beginner ESL students and for tourists visiting Anglophile countries that have only the most basic vocabulary.

Colours ESL game - the 11 most common colour adjectives in the English language. Fun and interactive ESL study game for kids. Use our ESL picture dictionary: colours for presenting these adjectives to an ESL class or to younger learners.

Animals ESL game - learn the vocabulary for animals. Match the English word with the animated animal image. Audio and text-only options. A fun method for drilling this vocab is provided with our ESL flashcards: animals, which feature English audio and animated creatures.

Animals in English game 2 - continue on with 17 further words for insects, birds, pets and wild animals in the English language. Vocab list with voice recordings and free and fun ESL practice game.

ESL furniture quiz - study the words for household furniture items in the English language from a vocabulary list with voice audio, and then test your vocabulary retention with an ESL interactive exercise. Students can use the ESL picture dictionary: furniture for first learning these English words.

Kitchen utensils in English quiz: learn the words for 17 everyday kitchen utensils and appliances in the English language.

Tell the time in English - learn to tell the time in English with this illustrated dictionary, ESL flashcard set and a practice quiz. With English voice recordings for listening practice and text-only for reading. A further exercise for ESL students after learning the numbers.

Vocabulary quizzes - four fun general vocabulary games with vocabulary lists and flashcard sets. Each of which contains 17 English words. First, play the ESL vocabulary game 1 and then continue on to the ESL vocabulary game 2. These games are of use to beginner-level ESL students. For furthering your students' vocabulary, give them our third ESL vocabulary quiz 3, and then our fourth and final 17 word ESL vocabulary quiz 4. Make use of the ESL flashcards for drilling these English words before playing the games.

Words, colours and numbers games (suitable for PC and tablet screens only) - after learning basic words and the numbers as featured in other quizzes offered on this site, you may wish to try this game, which is an introduction to sentence structure and word order in English. Start with the words, colours and numbers 1 game and then move on to the slightly more advanced words, colours and numbers 2 game.

Verbs - infinitive form - list of words with audio and game. Learn some of the most useful verbs in English in this animated quiz. Game that enhances English vocabulary memorization by means of repetition. The student can use our ESL flashcards: verbs for drilling these words before attempting the practice game.

English spelling games - this English words spelling section currently offers five games for spelling English words; colours, animals, verbs and two vocabulary games. Practice the spelling of some of the words you will have learned in the vocabulary practice games on this page.

Further ESL resourses on this site:

Learn the English alphabet - page with all of the letters of the English alphabet with audio buttons. For absolute beginner ESL students and young kids learning the ABC.

ESL study links - guide to online resources for students of the English language. Includes dictionaries and multimedia materials.

Mobile and tablet games for English - there are several games with audio on our English for mobile/tablets pages including colours, numbers, phrases, animals and vocabulary. If you come to this site with a mobile device you will be automatically redirected to this page.

Other Germanic language sections with several language acquisition games and native audio on Digital Dialects include the learn English language exercises and the German games language learning page. We have also created a seperate page specifically for German spelling quizzes. Fun online second or foreign language learning resources that students can use anywhere they can find an internet connection, without the need to register or download software.

The British Council's learn English portal is possibly the best online ESL resource. VOA Learning English provides a wealth of ESL resources.

About the ESL games on this page

ESL/English learning games on Digital Dialects are completely free to use, do not require registration, and are designed for ESL students of all ages. Each ESL revision topic includes vocabulary lists and practice games with audio for learning correct pronunciation. Most of the audio in these games was provided by a speaker with an accent from England. These games are mostly vocabulary drills for beginners to the English language. A couple of games focus on English grammar (sentence structure). Kids and school students will find some of the visual and interactive vocabulary drills, such as the animal vocabulary game, or the food and drinks quiz enjoyable.