Monday, 26, July, 2021

How to learn English with games

Many children and young people complain about feeling obliged to learn a new language. They end up finding that the class becomes boring and end up not absorbing anything that is taught to them.

This happens because they don't take what they learn into their daily lives, including learning in their hobbies and pastimes. And an excellent way to learn English, complementing what is studied in the classroom, is through video games.

Advantage of learning English with games

One advantage of using games to learn English is that it is a totally immersive task. When watching a movie or series, you are a passive spectator, consuming what you receive, while in a game you become an active spectator, as you need to read, hear and understand what is going on in order to perform your actions and move forward until the end.

That's how it happened with Hugo Prudente, who created the site nerdweek to talk about what's new in the gaming world. “I started to learn English playing RPG's like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. Then, when my vocabulary evolved, I started watching many hours of gameplay from games and participating in the community of Minecraft, where I talked to other people about subjects beyond games. One day, I was understanding everything they were saying, without having to pause or look for words to add to the context”, says Hugo. 

3 Tips for Learning English with Games

How about some tips to maximize your language learning while having fun?

1. Always play games in english

It will seem a bit obvious, but it's important to point out. Also because on the new generation consoles, most games are released with audio dubbed in Portuguese, to increase the immersion of players.

But the idea is to use games to learn English, isn't it? So look for games where you can switch the audio language to the original, to train your ear with the different accents and slang you'll hear.

Also take the opportunity to remove the caption. Or substitute the language from Portuguese to English, to train your reading. Reading in English helps to increase your vocabulary and text interpretation. And read aloud if possible to train your speech.

2. Choose games to practice English according to your language level

Before starting an English course, you take a placement test to be enrolled in a class that has the same knowledge, right? So that your learning is not impaired. With games it's the same thing.

Try to choose games that match your level of understanding of the language. If you're just starting out, more visual games are better. At an intermediate level, RPG-themed games are perfect as they have a more complex story.

From there, you can gradually increase the difficulty level of language and games.

3. English games with history are best

For those who want to learn English with games, the best ones to practice are games that have a plot. You can choose based on your personal preferences, from cowboy games, zombies or even superheroes.

Mainly because, in this style of game, it is important to pay attention to what is said and shown in the game, in order to solve puzzles. If you don't understand the story, you won't be able to advance and it's game over (literally).

Don't be shy about asking someone who knows English for help to teach you, or even using the dictionary to translate a word you don't know.

6 game tips to help you learn English

Not sure which game to start with? Here are some great game options for learning English and where to find them:

1. Batman: The Telltale Series

Where to play: Playstation 4 and XBox One

The games produced by TellTale Games became famous for working as a kind of guided movie, where the decisions made by the player shape the direction the game takes. Therefore, it is necessary to read and understand the dialogues quickly to give the best choice of response.

Here, playing both the hooded hero and his alter ego Bruce Wayne, you must share your efforts in protecting Gotham City from a new threat and unraveling a great mystery.

Other very famous games from the studio that follow the same format are The Wolf Among Us, which adapts the comic book Fables, and The Walking Dead.

2. Tomb Raider

Where to play: Playstation 3/4 and XBox 360/One

The famous video game explorer got a makeover for next-gen consoles, thanks to Square Enix. In this new version Lara Croft is a recent graduate who is traveling with a group in search of the legend of Yamatai.

But everyone ends up stranded on an island and you, as the inexperienced Lara, must survive the hunters to save your friends and find a way off the island.

The adventure has breathtaking sequences. In addition to a compelling and engaging story, which remains connected in the following games, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

3. Detroit: Become Human

Where to play: Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows

In this futuristic game produced by Quantic Dream, you play with three android protagonists. With every decision you make, as the characters, the city of Detroit is drastically changed.

Great game for those learning English, as it has an engaging story and a wide variety of dialogues, which makes the game more immersive.

4. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Where to play: Playstation 4 and XBox One

Fallen Order fell in favor of the public for being the first Star Wars game where you get the real experience of becoming a Jedi. In addition to having a story fully embedded in the events of the movies, which is great for anyone who is a fan of the space saga.

In the game produced by EA Arts, you play Cal Kestis, who as a child survived the purge that destroyed the Jedi Order. Now, an older man, he needs to remember his training and skills to find a powerful artifact before the Empire finds him.

In addition to an exciting story, the game also has beautiful graphics and is a lot of fun.

5. kingdom hearts

Where to play: Playstation 3/4 and XBox 360/One

In Square Enix's captivating RPG you play as Sora, a young man who finds himself in the middle of a terrible war and needs to help the most beloved Disney characters defeat the Heartless.

From the games to practice English, Kingdom Hearts is a great option for having a light theme and that appeals to all ages by walking through the most famous children's movies, such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Hercules. But it is very important to pay attention to the dialogues.

6. Batman: The Arkham Trilogy

Where to play: Playstation 3/4 and XBox 360/One

We've already talked about Batman here, but if you want to go to the next level, this game needs to be on your list. Produced by Rocksteady Studios, the bat man battles his gallery's most dangerous villains in a story as captivating as any hero movie.

In Arkham Asylum, you need to stop the Joker. In the next game, Arkham City, the villain is Prof. Hugo Strange. And at the end of the story, in Arkham Knight, Gotham is threatened by the Scarecrow. In addition to facing classic villains such as Two-Face, Penguin and Hera Poisonous.

The narration and dubbing of the game helps to give you a complete immersion in the story, which helps a lot in your language learning.

For those who are learning English and want to make their learning more immersive, games are a great option. Ready to learn? So choose your game, hit start and start now.

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