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Testing Your English Skill and Comprehension Through Riddles

By Tlb

Can it be possible to learn English language more and improve your English skills and comprehension through riddles?

pg 1 Gammer Gurton's garland of nursery songs ...

pg 1 Gammer Gurton's garland of nursery songs and Toby Tickle's collection of riddles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever since English fully established language and literature as part of the things to be learned concerning this subject, riddles are part of it. Would you like to know some?

Foreign language schools include riddles as one of the topics discussed to test how comprehensive does the mind of an English learner could be.

Glad to take this short test, eh? Hope you can answer most of them.


  1. Who is closer to you, your mom or your dad?
  2. What is the poorest bank in the world?
  3. What month do soldiers hate?
  4. What clothing is always sad?
  5. Why is an empty purse always the same?
  6. What has four wheels and flies?
  7. Why are dogs afraid to sunbathe?
  8. What kind of running means walking?
  9. What stays hot even if put in a refrigerator?
  10. What can’t be used unless broken?
  11. What makes opening piano so hard?
  12. What two words contain thousands of letters?
  13. What do you get if you cross stereo and fridge?
  14. What has nothing but a head and a tail?
  15. Why is 10 x 10 = 1000 like your left eye?
  16. What did the big chimney say to the little chimney while working?
  17. How do we know the ocean is friendly?
  18. Why should we never ask balloons for advice?
  19. What has three hands but only one face?
  20. What weather do mice and rats fear?


I hope you find the riddles above challenging and enjoyable. These indeed bring enthusiasms to encourage learners to really improve their English skills.


By the way, the key answers are provided as follows:

  1. Mom is closer, because dad is farther.
  2. The River bank
  3. March
  4. Blue jeans.
  5. There is no change in it.
  6. A garbage truck
  7. They don’t want to be hot-dogs.
  8. Running out of gas.
  9. Pepper.
  10. Eggs.
  11. All the keys are inside.
  12. Post Office.
  13. Very cool music.
  14. A coin
  15. It’s not right.
  16. You are too young to smoke.
  17. It waves.
  18. They are full of hot air.
  19. A clock
  20. When it is raining cats and dogs.


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