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How to Learn languages with video games (2018)

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How to learn languages with video games

Pros/Cons of learning with video games: 1:07
Which types of games to use: 3:01
Where to get games in other languages: 4:32

This video is a frank discussion about using video games as a tool for learning languages. It’s not the best technique for everyone, but for some people this will be the single must helpful thing you can do for your language learning, and almost everyone will benefit from it in some way. Videogames were a big help for me when I was learning Spanish and French, and they could be a great resource for you no matter what language you’re learning unless its something really obscure or a language that’s no longer spoken by native speakers.


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  1. I learned a lot of German Vocabulary through Assassin's Creed

  2. Any other gamers out there able to suggest some games to play in French. Done Skyrim and gta 5

  3. You can play don't knock twice , which is a psvr horror game in virtual reality in Welsh, now that's immersion.

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  5. i want to learn portugues and english agregame Anoahj gamertag
    want to learn english hablo español

  6. It's an interesting idea. However, I get that we first need to be able to read the target language as it would fail otherwise. Main problem comes with Indian languages for me, as I can read 4 Indic scripts and be able to guess the characters in 2 others due to similarities. I'm interested in knowing how would you tackle this problem if you are trying to learn a script which is completely different from what you already know?

  7. If you have a playstation 4, you can just change your settings, and alot of the time the game will have you re assign what language you want the game to be put in

  8. I’ve noticed I get more absorbed in the lore and read everything when I play games in French. In English my native language, I get bored and rush through things and skip side quests. I am learning german as well but I need to get passed the basics first. I wouldn’t recommend playing games in a foreign language until you pass through A1 level which should really only be 2-3 months. If you are an English speaker reading in languages like French Spanish and German will come quickly if you put in some time. I recommend learning these languages in the language you are learning. So if you are learning French turn learn in French when you get to A2 level. Maybe even a little before you get to A2. Use a french only dictionary when looking up words. You will learn to associate french words with other french words rather than English translations. Do this with all languages. Bye lol

  9. Just change my Ps4 console language into german today, this should bring a new difficult to the game I'm playing now (RDR 2)

  10. Anybody recommend a mobile or ps4 or pc game to learn Spanish ? Latin Spanish if possible ?

  11. It may helpful for learning language. My native language is Indonesian and i have never seen older game or famous game in Indonesian language. I know much basic English when i was elementary school by only playing The Sims 1 and 2 on PS2. I also play many games to learn but i this i prefer game that not only tell what to do but also have action in it like the sims.

  12. Puzzle and or horror RPG:s are excellent, makes you activate your brain and be a little bit more concentrated.
    I would suggest:
    To the moon
    Any of the Pokémon games
    Fran Bow

    These games give you the right to manually control the dialogue. This gives you the opportunity to take your time and translate what is being said.

    Although I would recommend doing it at an intermediate stage.
    It is possible at a lower level, but it could be a little bit overwhelming with a lot of new words constantly.

  13. What games to use for learning Spanish?

  14. I've been playing Overwatch in Japanese and it's really been helping a lot, but that's probably because I'm so familiar with the English, so I know how the Japanese translates better in my head!

  15. I’ve played lots of games on both my iPad and my Xbox One in Spanish without ever having to buy special consoles or games in those languages, all I had to do was change my iPad language and my Xbox One language to Spanish. Not every game has this feature, for example my favorite games, the Fallout games, don’t, but plenty of games I love like the Batman Arkham games do. Very good if you don’t want to spend more money!

  16. I enjoy watching playthroughs of games in Spanish too. Not only do you get the commentary of the player in Spanish ( which is sometimes easier to understand than other types of videos because you have the context of what’s happening in the game itself to go with it ) but the games usually have the subtitles on so you can read that Spanish as well!

    If you know how to search for videos in your target language, Let’s Plays are a great way to learn Spanish with video games.

  17. any game reccomendation which has dubs on portuguese? (pc games only pls)

  18. I've met 3 people who learned English from video games. 2 learnt it from Knights of the Old Republic and 1 from playing Halo 3 online.

  19. I learning Japanese and Russian now.
    I am currently playing Metro Exodus in Russian.
    Sekiro in Japanese

  20. I learned english thanks to videogames. Now I decided to learn German, and went all in from day 1 with Breath Of The Wild. It was horrible at the beginning. 370+ hours later I have not beaten the game, but now I understand most of what they say.

  21. What game does have voice and subtitle on english at the same time? My computer has a low capacity … Thank you for your comment =)

  22. I might start a new file on Pokémon Sword (on a different user) and I might do this playthrough in French. I've played the game before so I'm nearly familiar with everything. The only issue is that it will help me to read it, not speak it, since French words have weird pronunciation rules. I think it's still worth a shot though.

  23. Just to help out those confused about how to change the language of a game on steam do this. Right click the game you want to play, choose properties, then you will find a tab for languages, choose the language you want, steam may then have to download a language pack and you’re good 😋

  24. Most console games today actually already come with localizations in different languages in audio, text, and subtitles!

  25. I learned english by video games but mostly YouTube videos it took like 2 years but idk how did I learn like that

  26. Games are awesome! Currently I'm using Fallout New Vegas as my Spanish comprehension drill. I have very specific way of gaming-learning:
    1. Each 'session' is starting with standard, boring grammar. Between 10 to 30 minutes. My task will be to always notice the structure in next sessions and name them. Then I hop into the game for whatever long I want.
    2. Focus as much on dialogues and text content as possible.
    3. If you can't understand what is the text about – STOP. No haste! Every new word has to be checked and added to list e.g. on ¡SpanishDict! (Beginning is very difficult, but progress is instant.)
    4. Try to associate words with feeling from game, e.g.: if you find 'manzanas', 'agua', 'múnicion' – those are good. If you see you have to 'rescatar' someone – feel empathy, etc.
    5. Have fun from game! If you see that your brain needs some break, just go shot some monsters and get back to main thread in next few minutes.

    + No stress, you can pause whenever you want. You will be free of those 'constraints' of stress when trying to use a language.
    + Quality comprehension checker.
    + Consolidating grammar structures (by re-hearing them all the time).
    + Live, not-teached vocabulary (e.g. 'muñeca').

    – No space for creating your own sentences. No pronunciation.
    – Very strange vocabulary. (My brain is full of 'escopetas', 'subditos', 'chapas', 'drogas', etc.)
    – Amount of games suitable for such learning is VERY limited. Even more limited if you want game with theme matching the language.

    FNV and Spanish are good duo. I'm looking forward to play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in Russian!

  27. I did this with Detroit become human for German and it moved me up from a A2 to B1 in proficiency

  28. Hello there! Let me give my two cents as one who has studied Spanish for 22 years, taught English in Columbia for 1 year, taught Spanish for one year and who is a recently certified language teacher and who also has a lot of experience playing video games in Spanish.

    As you said, video games are a great, fun way to learn live vocabulary in context, however, it should not be your primary way of learning a language and here's why:

    1. Video games only help you with reading skills for the most part.

    2. Language and culture are intertwined and without culture, a lot of vocab will not be understood. That said, most games are either English or Japanese therefore you'll be learning more about Japanese or English culture which is bad if those are not the target languages. And too many language learners divorce the language from the culture while they are learning.

    The emphasis should be learning how the language is spoken in everyday life and to this end, TV shows that take place in a country of the target language or songs in the target language are ideal.

    The problem with video games is that the language is often "fantasy language", especially if the genre of the game is fantasy.

    Apart from that, video games are a great COMPLEMENTARY method of learning vocab in a fun way. I will admit that some of the most memorable expressions in Spanish I ever learned came from video games.

  29. I think Minecraft is the best way to improve a language using this gaming method. I began to play the game in esperanto and suddenly I noticed that I have improved a lot! Minecraft has an excellent amount of languages (even conlangs) to choose.

  30. Learning Indonesian (because dangdut and Indonesian popular music) and Spanish and haven’t found games in Indonesian yet I’ve played Pokémon in Spanish. I do want to learn another language that’s in Pokémon, maybe Japanese, French, or German.

  31. Skyrim doesnt let you pause line by line.

  32. Vine a ver si los gringos buscaban lo mismo que yo xd

  33. Is it better to learn by listening to the dialogue while reading subtitles or the other way around?

  34. i learned english by playing oblivion while i strugled in english class in highschool. Best learning method to get the basis. the only thing lacking is speaking practice.

  35. I got a game and changed everything to Spanish. In just a week I have learned 7 new words. Simple, but useful.

  36. Would you recommend some specific video games for beginners, intermediate and advanced students? I'm an ESL teacher and I'd like to use some of these games in my classrooms. Thanks in advance.

  37. sometime i put acnh (animal crossing) in japanese because sometimes the game gets boring and i want a change in the ui- but hat ended up making me want to learn japanese

  38. The Sims for vocab:
    Parts of body
    Basic everyday actions
    AND SO MUCH MORE. Sims are just great.

  39. I've been using my favorite game Stardew Valley to practice my Spanish and I learned quite a few new words that way! Luckily you can change the language in the options menu so I just needed my North American copy of the game

  40. I was born in turkey, and I learned English through playing siege with my buddies and just trash talking to a bunch of people online lmao. And now I speak better than my old English teacher, live in Canada, and made English better than my first language

  41. Just started playing Papers, please in russian. I already got a nice list of words that I didn't learn anything about in russian class 😀

  42. I was always worried and scared to talk in English to English native speakers. I love playing League of Legends and one day I met a nice teammate from Canada. We played so good together and he offered to talk in voice chat, so we can play even better. I know some words from the game but I wasn't sure that I could talk about other things. After 2 or 3 games I was so happy that I can talk in English and he would understand everything I say. Soon we became a full team with people from Europe and North America. We started playing together with others and they would always understand me too. I love League of Legends and I felt really confident talking in English about something I love. If you love games, you can communicate with new people every time you play the game. They are not always nice and sometimes toxic, but at least you can learn the bad words too xD

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