15 Riddles in English. Guaranteed learning and fun. We like to emphasise that learning English is fun, if you know how, and we know how. You only have to use certain didactic resources so that learning is entertaining and sparks the interest of the student. Today, we are going to show some riddles in English in order to work on your language skills.
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Learning English vocabulary is a fundamental part of studying a language, but instead of reading you a boring list of terms, why not approach it differently? Today we’re showing you 15 riddles in English with their answers. Try to solve them on your own first though, ok? How can it be easier to perfect the language? Here also you can find some more tips to learn English.
Riddles in English with their translation:
- What starts with «t», ends with «t» and is full of «t»?
- What is at the end of everything?
- What starts with «e», ends with «e» but only has one letter?
- Who can shave 20 times a day and still have a beard?
- What has many keys but can’t open any door?
- Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
- What can you catch but not throw?
- What has a head and a tail, but no body?
- The eight of us go forth not back to protect our king from a foes attack.
- What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
- What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?
- Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters.
- What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment and never in a thousand years?
- What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?
- Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking.
Have you guessed them all or not? You can give yourself a little more time.
Here are the answers to the riddles
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1.A teapot, that is, a cup of tea. They key is in the letter ‘t’, it was easy, right? You just had to read and pay attention.
2The letter G, that simple. What seemed like a philosophical is more literal than appeared. What is at the end of everything is the letter ‘g’. unbelievable but true.
3.An envelope. This was a bit more complicated, although, if you think about it, you just had to be careful. It begins with an e, ends with an e and only has one letter (that is quite literally a paper letter). In this riddle you play with the meaning of the Word “letter”.
4.A barber. Do you wonder what person spends 20 times a day shaving and still has a beard? A person who shaves others.
5.A piano. This riddle plays on the meaning of the word “key” which means muscle key and key. This instrument has many musical keys but no keys, do you understand?
6.Ton & not. Following on from riddles in English, this is an example of how to play around with palindromes, that is, a word that is written the same forwards and backwards. Ton means “ton”, something heavy, and not, you get it now, right?
7.A cold. Precisely. Just as Spanish speakers also say “coger un resfriado”, and as the riddle says, it is something you can catch but can’t throw.
8.A coin. In English, if you want to decide on something you ask “Heads or Tails”. Head is the face of the coin and tail is the tail. We use it a lot in Spanish.
9.Chess pawns. This is one of those English riddles that refers to chess. Do you know the name of each of the pieces? Pawns are peones, bishops are alfiles, knights are caballos, rooks are torres, el rey is the king and la reina is the queen. Easy, right?
10.A palm. This riddle plays on the meaning of the word “palm”. In this case, pay attention ot the synonym. In English, palm is a palm tree and also the palm of the hand.
11.A kangaroo. This riddle was very simple, but we’re sure it made you think, you just had to think about it a few times. Kangaroos jump when they walk and sit when they stop.
12.The wind. If you’ve seen “The Hobbit”, it certainly sounds familiar, it’s one of the riddles that Gollum asks Bilbo. Take a good look at how it uses the suffix -less to amplify the meaning of “sin”. If you’re into cinema, we recommend that you learn English using films.
13.The letter m. To be able to work out this riddle, you have to read it carefully. The letter “m” appears once in a minute, twice in a moment and not once in a thousand years.
14.A coat of paint. This riddle wasn’t easy. In English, coat means coat but it is also synonymous with coat of paint. It can also be called a layer of paint.
15.A fish. Another one of those exciting riddles in English, which is part of Tolkien’s universe. Gollum proposes it to Bilbo… does it sound familiar?