Brain Games: Boost Your Verbal Skills

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you know where words are stored in your brain?
In the temporal lobes (in green here). If you are right-handed, your language skills will be mostly located to your left temporal lobe. If you are left-handed the lateralization is not so pronounced (note that both hemispheres work together in any cases, as they usually do).

Here is below a good exercise for neurons in your temporal lobes. Connections between words will be activated, increasing chances that these words wil be available when needed.
Such an exercise is great to fight against the tip-of-the tongue phenomenon, the annoying tendency of words to be suddenly out of reach when they should not -such as right in the middle of a conversation!

For each pair of words below, find a word that is related to both of them. This will be a word that has more than one meaning.
Example: PIANO – LOCK
Solution = Key, because there are keys on a piano and one uses keys to lock things up.

  1. DOG –  TREE
  2. SHIP  –  CARDS
  3. SCHOOL  – EYE
  8. BED –  PAPER
  9. CRAZY –  SEED
  10. TREE – CAR

Solutions below.
If you find something different, do not hesitate to leave a comment to let us know!

  1. bark
  2. deck
  3. pupil
  4. case
  5. bank
  6. pipe
  7. nail
  8. sheet
  9. nut
  10. trunk

Visit our brain games page for more free brain exercises to stimulate language skills, memory, concentration and more.


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