Character Words- Opposites Card Games

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Character & appearance

Grammar Topic: Vocabulary

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Character Word- Opposites Card Games

Instructions for teachers

Character word opposites jigsaw game
Cut the cards into a jigsaw that students can complete without already knowing every 
word, by having more than one box in each card, e.g. 
“active/ dynamic/ pushy” and 
“adaptable/ flexible” still connected as one two-box card, and “passive”, “rigid” and 
“conservative/ traditional” together as one three-box card. As with this example, it’s best if 
the cards are cut at different places on each side of the table. 

Give out the cards and tell students to make into two nice rectangles by putting opposites 
next to each other. 

If students get stuck, you can tell them that the words on the left-hand side are in 
alphabetical order and/ or let them look at translations or definitions (but probably not in 
their actual dictionaries, as there might be opposites in there). 

When students have finished and checked their answers with a copy of the worksheet, 
they can test each other on the vocabulary, by:
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Reading out words from the left-hand side and words from the right-hand side of the
table and seeing if their partner can tell if they match (i.e. are opposites) or not, e.g.
that “affectionate/ warm” and “babyish/ juvenile” are not opposites

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Reading out all the words from both sides of a set of opposites, e.g. “arrogant, big
headed, proud, humble, modest”, for their partner to split into two opposite groups

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Reading out all but one word from both sides of a set of opposites, e.g. “brainy, clever,
intelligent, BLANK, dumb, stupid, thick”, for their partner to fill in the missing part of

   

Character words opposites reversi memory game
Cut the cards up row by row so that the opposites are still attached to each other. Ask 
students to fold the cards so that words with opposite meanings are on opposites sides to 
each other. It doesn’t matter which side is up at the beginning of the game. Students take 
turns guessing what is on the other side of the cards, turning over to check. They must say
one of the words there, even if other answers might be correct. If they are right, the card 
stays the other way up and moves onto the next one. If they are wrong, play passes to the
next person, who might sometimes need to do the transformations the other way round. 

There are several ways of deciding who the winner is, including the person who has most 
right guesses over the whole game and who manages the longest chain of correct 
guesses in a row without making a mistake. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Character word opposites jigsaw game Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers

active/ dynamic/ pushy

passive

adaptable/ flexible

rigid

adventurous/ radical

conservative/ traditional

affectionate/ warm

 

cold/ cold blooded

adult/ grown up/ mature

babyish/ juvenile

arrogant/ big-headed/ proud

humble/ modest

bold/ brave/ courageous

cowardly/ timid

boring/ dull

fascinating/ interesting

brainy/ clever/ intelligent/ smart

dumb/ stupid/ thick

broadminded/ open-minded

 

narrow-minded

careful

careless/ clumsy

caring/ kind

cruel/ heartless

chaotic

organised

cheerful

grumpy

comfortable in your skin

 

neurotic/ self-conscious

conventional/ normal

eccentric/ strange/ weird

cynical/ paranoid/ suspicious

 

gullible/ trusting

dependent

independent/ self-reliant

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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diplomatic/ tactless

straightforward/ tactful

downbeat/ negative

upbeat/ positive

easy-going/ lenient/ relaxed

strict

extraverted/ outgoing

 

introverted/ shy

foolish/ silly

sensible/ serious

generous

mean

hard working

lazy

ignorant

knowledgeable

instinctive

logical/ systematic

laidback/ relaxed

stressed/ uptight

loud/ noisy/ talkative

quiet/ silent/ softly spoken

messy

neat/ tidy

naughty

well behaved

optimistic

pessimistic

polite

rude

selfish

selfless

sensitive/ thin-skinned 

thick-skinned

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Character word opposites reversi memory game Cards to cut up

active/ dynamic/ pushy

passive

adaptable/ flexible

rigid

adventurous/ radical

conservative/ traditional

affectionate/ warm

 

cold/ cold blooded

aloof

approachable

badly behaved/ naughty

well behaved

big-headed/ boastful/ proud

humble/ modest

bold/ brave/ courageous

cowardly/ timid

boring/ dull

fascinating/ interesting

brainy/ clever/ intelligent/ smart

dumb/ stupid

broad minded/ open minded

 

narrow minded

careful

careless/ clumsy

cautious

impetuous/ impulsive

chaotic

organised

cheerful

grumpy

conventional/ normal

eccentric/ strange/ weird

cruel

kind

cynical/ paranoid/ suspicious

 

gullible/ trusting

diplomatic/ tactless

direct/ straightforward/ tactful

discreet

frank/ open

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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downbeat/ negative

upbeat/ positive

easy-going/ lenient/ relaxed

strict

hard working

lazy

extraverted/ outgoing

 

introverted/ shy

foolish/ silly

sensible/ serious

generous

mean

ignorant

knowledgeable

instinctive

logical/ systematic

laidback/ relaxed

stressed/ uptight

loud/ noisy/ talkative

quiet/ silent/ softly spoken

messy

neat/ tidy

optimistic

pessimistic

selfish

selfless

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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