Playing Cards | English Vocabulary

Playing Cards | English Vocabulary

Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max.
Today I have something a little
different for you. Something that’s
hopefully a bit of fun. Today we are
going to learn vocabulary related to
these things: playing cards. So if you
want to go to a casino, maybe to play
some blackjack. Or if you want to maybe
play some poker online, or do other
similar things that normally aren’t very
good for your bank account,
this video might help you.
Yes, Max is here to help you gamble.
No, in all seriousness, guys, now I’m being
serious, this is vocabulary that you
probably won’t learn in a classroom,
but it’s vocabulary that you will hear
in English-speaking countries, or in
movies and TV shows. And of course there
are a lot more games you can play with
these than just poker and blackjack.
So if you’re interested in reaching an
advanced level in English, this is quite
important vocabulary. And stay till the end
because at the end there will be a quiz.
Not a written one, but a spoken one. How
exciting! As usual, this is my social
media. I’ve been doing quite a lot on
Instagram lately – I never thought that
would happen – but anyway, go check it out,
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Now some of you might have noticed at
the beginning of the video that I called
these playing cards. I didn’t just say
“cards”. By the way, in American
pronunciation you pronounce the R, so
it’s something like “cards”. But in the UK
and Australia we don’t pronounce the R,
and it’s pronounced “cards”. “Cards.”
Most of the time when we talk about these, we
just say “cards”. The problem is, the word
“card” has lots of meanings. For example,
you might give somebody a birthday card.
Or in soccer (or football) if you do
something a bit naughty, you might
receive a red card. Normally it’s clear
from context which cards we are talking
about, but if you want to be specific you
can call these “playing cards”.
One playing card, two playing cards, etc.
If you play a game with playing cards,
we use the expression: “to play cards”.
And that could mean any
game that you play with these cards.
It’s a generic term. For example, I could say
to Frank, “Frank, do you want to play cards
later?” And he could answer:
“Ah no, because I don’t have any fingers.”
Fair enough.
A set of playing cards is called a deck.
Deck. Or you could say: “a deck of cards”.
Here are some example sentences
with “deck”. A standard deck has 52 cards.
Normally you need one deck of cards to
play a card game. However, to play Canasta
you need two decks. Now normally before
you play a card game, you need to mix them.
(Piece of hair.) But yeah, when we’re
playing cards, we don’t usually say “mix”.
We actually use the verb “to shuffle”. So I
am now shuffling the cards. I actually
used to be pretty good at this.
I sort of had this trick that I would do.
Let’s see if I can still do it.
Okay, maybe I need a table.
Told you I could do it!
After we’ve shuffled the cards,
normally we deal the cards.
“To deal” means to distribute, but we don’t
normally say “distribute” when we play cards.
We usually say “to deal”. “To deal the
cards.” When you play cards with other
people, normally you take turns in
dealing. That means that if I’m playing
cards with Frank and George, Frank might
deal the first time, then George will
deal, then I will deal. That’s taking
turns. Now if I want to tell Frank that
this time he is supposed to deal, I would
say to him: “Frank, it is your turn to deal.”
I could also say to him:
“Frank, it is your deal.”
Because “deal” can also be a noun.
Now let’s look at the
types of cards in a deck.
The first thing you need to know
is that there are four suits.
We don’t say “colours”. I know that in
French the word for suit in this context
is just “colour” (couleur), but in English we
can say that there are two colours
(red and black), but there are four different
suits. And by the way, “suit” is spelled and
pronounced the same way as this type of suit.
The four suits are: hearts. Hearts.
Diamonds. Diamonds.
Clubs. Clubs.
And spades. Spades.
There are thirteen of each suit, and each card
within a suit has its own rank or value.
Okay? So this is a king. K for King.
This is a queen. Q for queen.
And this is a jack. J for jack.
These are called “face cards” (these three)
because they have a person on them.
This is an ace. Ace.
All the other cards are just called
the number that is on the card.
So that is a seven, that is a nine,
that is a three and that is a ten.
Very easy.
Most decks of cards also
come with two jokers.
This is a joker. Joker. Yes, just like
the villain in Batman: the Joker.
To talk about specific cards
we need to use the word “of”.
For example: this is the ace of hearts.
This is the ten of spades.
This is the jack of diamonds.
This is the three of clubs.
And this is the king of hearts.
Just a small pronunciation point.
When we say “of” between two words,
we don’t always pronounce it “of”.
We often say “ehv” or “ah”.
And that’s particularly when we’re speaking
quickly. For example, we could say:
This is the queen “ehv” spades.
The queen “ehv” spades.
Or you could say: the queen “ah” spades.
The queen “ah” spades.
This is the nine “ehv” diamonds.
The nine “ehv” diamonds.
Or: the nine “ah” diamonds.
The nine “ah” diamonds.
Okay, now we’re going to play a little game.
Very exciting!
This is just a little quiz to
help you practise saying the
names of different cards. So I will show
you a card, and then you will say the
name of the card. Then I will give you
the correct answer. So if I show you this
card, you will say: “The six of diamonds.”
Then I will say: “The six of diamonds.”
Very good!
Okay, are you ready?
Now don’t just say these in your head.
If you want to practise your speaking and
pronunciation, you need to say these out loud.
Okay? Let’s get started.
The two of clubs.
The two of clubs.
The jack of diamonds.
The jack of diamonds.
The six of hearts.
The six of hearts.
The joker.
The joker.
Did you remember that one?
Yes, this is a joker.
Five of spades.
The five of spades.
The queen of hearts.
The queen of hearts.
The eight of diamonds.
The eight of diamonds.
The king of clubs.
The king of clubs.
Last one.
The ace of spades.
The ace of spades.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson. If you
have, please hit the thumbs up, and please
let me know in the comments if you like
playing card games, or if card games are
popular in your country. Thanks very much
for watching, guys. I’ll see you next time.
Bye bye.
Bye bye.
Um… but like…
I can’t get George on my hand.
And George might deal first, then Geor-
There’s hammering going on.
Always when I film…

64 thoughts on “Playing Cards | English Vocabulary”

  1. I used to play card games all the time with my friends when I was in « collège » (in France, I don’t think college means the same thing in English). But now not really

  2. Now I know the origin of the world ¨chafurdar ¨ in portuguese, very similar in pronounce and meaning of shuffle . For exemple . O pintinho gosta de chafurdar no lixo . the little yellow chick likes to wallow in the trash

  3. Playing with the queen of hearts, knowing it ain't really smart,
    the joker ain't the only fool who'll do anything for you. That's was my favorite song when I played GTA San Andreas, although I couldn't understand a single word at that time.

  4. I'm student in secondry school and i want you to help me with english not to make mistakes😍😍😍😍 would you help me?🙏

  5. Hi Max! Great vocabulary lesson! I found it very useful. I like playing cards. Without a doubt, it is a good pastime, isn't it? Until next time. Bye! (Nice necklace and earrings.)

  6. This is really helpful! Especially the practical parts, like your aside about pronunciation and the quiz. Thx for your efforts.

  7. I don't like to play cards but in my country (Brazil) is very popular for old people to gamble on cash inside their own houses.

  8. Hi Max! Could you teach something about the conversations when playing cards? For example, we usually say “I’m done, your turn” or how can we express that I get a hand of very good cards? Thank you so much!

  9. Hi, Max!. I appreciate your videos. I must say I hardly ever find such useful videos. It's funny how you say "the ten of spades" instead of "the ten of swords"…hehe…I'm kidding!. On other topic, Have you ever though about recording a video about "acronims" and their meanings; for example: value added tax (VAT), growth domestic product (GDP ), etc.; I mean, the most used words or acronims relatited to financial matters? I always get lost with them. Well, young face, I look forward to seeing your next video soon. Take a good care of yourself, Chao!.

    P.D. I'm just going to say "young face" this time because I don't want to be rude. See you!

  10. Hi, Max! Thank you for the useful lesson! Now I will try to play online poker to better remember the lesson.

  11. Hi Max. In Spain people play cars but they are not my cup of tea. I prefer playing chess. Thanks for your useful and lovely videos.

  12. thanks a lot, I watched your some other videos, after watching your video what we learn and feel happy and then we give our own opinion about that video, I,m proud of you and your good personality.

  13. I really enjoyed your video. I like watching you wearing those earrings and necklace made of spades , clubes and spikes. I only know to play cards in a way that you must complete 21 .

  14. Thank you Max! Was really interesting! Actually, I don't like playing cards, but my friends and I used to play cards very often, sometimes even on the school lessons)). The one of the most popular game among us is called "podkidnoy durak" (throw-in fool? I don't know accurate English name ) and there are a lots variants of this game.

  15. Hi Max! We've got a popular card game called "Truco" here in Uruguay. There's another one called "Conga", this one is very funny, I like it very much. "Bridge" is played here too, but it's more common among upper class elders. I like your videos, I learn a lot. Thanks!

  16. You're really good at teaching things, I've seen a lot of good youtubers doing the same in here, But you're the person who I understand better.

  17. Thanks for the lesson! This last card made think of Motorhead's Ace of spades :

  18. Hi! My Dear Teacher Max.
    I just watching this video that is so useful, clear and easy to know. Your are so to give a lot of thought on clothing.👍

  19. You're Beautiful, you're charming, you're likeable, but when it comes to teaching, for God's sake, you're just amazing. Loved your lesson. For more that, please. I beg you.

  20. This is such a great video that I know the vocabulary and watched it anyway. I had promised to make a video about it in Portuguese and when you talked about the Jack I realized I don't remember the word for this card in my own language. Thanks for the lesson and the inspiration.

  21. My native language is Russian. I have not good pronunciation and I turned on subtitles
    reduce speed
    of video and repeat for you. And it helps! Thank you!

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