No answers allowed is a great warm up for English conversation classes. It is quite an old game, and is sometimes a drinking game, but it can also work a conversation class starter game.

Basic Info

Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Level: Conversation class - mid level+
Works with: Practicing questions
Class size: Small to large

You will need:

  • Nothing

Lesson Description

  1. Someone asks someone else a question. How this goes is up to you, whether it is around the circle, teacher to student, random, pass the ball, pairs, groups, etc.
  2. The person who is asked the question must attempt to give some kind of response, but the response must be in the form of a question.
    For example, "Are you a man?" might get a response:
    Do you think I am a woman?
    Have you seen me use the women's toilets?
    Am I wearing a dress?
    Do I sound like a man? etc...

If the person answers without using a question, they are "out". Keep going while it stays interesting for as long as you want.


  • Keep the questions simple.
  • Start out with everyone asking just you questions to demonstrate. See if they can catch you out, then let the game begin with everyone.


  • If you are the only one asking questions, ask everyone the same question and make everyone give a different answer (for advanced).
  • Try this as a pair activity, where the questions go back and forth.
  • Try it with one person standing (as the target), and they have to field 10 (or any number of) questions from the floor without giving a straight answer. If they do, they "win". Next person.
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