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Twister Turns 50
Twister Turns 50

Learn English meaning of 'Twister'

Date: Aug 12 2016

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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How flexible are you? If you’re very flexible, you’ll have a great time playing party games like Limbo and Twister. Limbo is actually a dance. Players need to bend backwards and walk under a stick. The stick gets lower each time someone walks under it. This game is very easy at the beginning, but soon only the most bendy players will still be playing.

Twister is another silly and popular game. To play it, you need a mat with red, blue, yellow, and green circles. You put your hands and feet on the circles, and things get crazy fast! Playing Twister is much more fun than a regular board game. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Twister, so it’s a great time to try the game for yourself.

Dominique and Romeo are talking about Twister. Listen to this English lesson to find out what Romeo thinks about the game… and if Dominique thinks it’s OK to cheat!


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Dominique:  Did you know Twister turns fifty this year?

Romeo:  Fifty? Twister’s been around for fifty? The big five-oh?

Dominique:  Yes!

Romeo:  Wow.

Dominique:  I loved playing that game when I was a kid.

Romeo:  Probably your parents and their grandparents too.

Dominique:  Yeah! I actually broke my wrist playing. It was pretty crazy.

Romeo:  That’s intense. I think you’re supposed to stretch out first. You’ve got to be flexible to do that stuff.

Dominique:  Yeah. It was actually passed down from my older cousin, and then my cousin after that, and then I got the game.

Romeo:  Right, right.

Dominique:  And needless to say, I didn’t win. I never won.

Romeo:  You never won?

Dominique:  Never.

Romeo:  Did you ever try to cheat?

Dominique:  No! I think if I would have cheated, I wouldn’t have broken my wrist.

Romeo:  Good point.

Dominique:  It’s a very silly game.

Romeo:  I think they call it a board game.

Dominique:  I don’t understand that because it’s a mat...

Romeo:  I know, right?

Dominique:  ...and you don’t put it on the table, so…

Romeo:  I like the “right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot.”

Dominique:  Classic.

Romeo:  That way you’re, like, all twisted up and bendy.

Dominique:  You have to be very flexible to play that game.

Romeo:  Like people who can do that Limbo, you know. You’ve got to be able to do that kind of stuff.

Dominique:  You know what? I have it. Should I go get it?

Romeo:  Go get it.

Dominique:  Let’s do it!

Romeo:  On the anniversary.

Dominique:  All right!

Romeo:  Let’s do it.


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Dominique learned to play Twister as a little girl. The game was passed down from her cousins. She loved to play but she never won, maybe because she never tried to cheat. She even broke her wrist once when playing. When Romeo hears this, he tells her that she needs to stretch out before she gets all twisted up.

Romeo and Dominique are not sure if Twister is really a board game, since it’s played on a mat instead of a table. Dominique thinks it’s a silly game. Romeo thinks people need to be very flexible and bendy to play, or they might break something like Dominique did. Because this year is Twister’s fiftieth anniversary, they decide they’re going to play the game right now!

Do you play Twister? What kind of board games are popular where you live?



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United States

I don’t play Twister game

02:21 PM Nov 07 2020 |


United States

I don’t play Twister game

02:20 PM Nov 07 2020 |


United States

@Jenifervan: Hey what’s this game? I haven’t heard this game name before and I believe there is no such game, if you have link please share so I could check. I have some coupons for games which I recently got from pennysaviour.com and I’ll get discounts on my games shopping :)

07:17 AM Jan 18 2019 |


United States

Hi, I don’t play Twister game but my friends love to play this game back to school deals and coupons. My friends forcing me to play Twister game because Twister is a game of physical skill and by playing this game, you can raise your physical skills. Now I think I should play this game. 

06:21 AM Jul 20 2017 |



Russian Federation

I’ve never played twister before. As for the board games there are a lot of them rather intresting. For example we like to play with friends Imaginarium and Alias.  

12:34 PM Aug 14 2016 |



Russian Federation

It is necessary to try this game!

06:34 AM Aug 14 2016 |


ola3Super Member!


I like to play this game but don’t know who with. Every one is so stiff and with back pain problem. Apples to apples I think is one widely played. The board games should be always updated otherwise they’re easily and speedily get boring to play.
Twister by miracle is still more or less popular because it’s fun to play.

04:42 AM Aug 13 2016 |


United States

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12:46 PM Aug 12 2016 |




I don’t play Twister.But, I see lot of people play the game specially on the beach.

09:45 AM Aug 12 2016 |

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