Using video games to learn English

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

It is possible to use video games to learn English and we don’t just mean educational games that have been specially designed for this. Sure, taking an English course is a great way to improve your English skills, but what you probably didn't realize is that playing video games can also help improve your skill level.

The games mentioned in this list are categorized based on their genres so it can be online or offline games.

These are the three difficulty levels to help you learn English through video games:

1. Easy Level (Arcade Fighting, First Person Shooter, Sports)

If you are playing something simple that is action and reaction based without much text, still get into the habit of setting the language to English where possible.


This won’t improve your language quickly but the occasional word or phrase in English will help you become more comfortable hearing and reading the language. You will not become fluent like this, but it is an easy first step to take.


The games mentioned in this list are not limited to the old arcade fighting games only. However, this also includes any games that focus more to the gameplay itself rather than the storyline.





2. Medium Level (Life Simulation games)

Life simulation (or artificial life games) is a subgenre of simulation video games in which the player lives or controls one or more virtual life forms. A life simulation game can revolve around "individuals and relationships, or it could be a simulation of an ecosystem.”


If you play this kind of games, you’ll be exposed to different types of interactions that resemble real-life interaction (although it’s based on the theme of the game). The positive side of this game is that you really need to understand how everything works to be able to play well. This will require you to read English text a lot since the interface, instruction and description are delivered in English.





3. Hard level (Role-playing, Strategy, Telltale)

If you really want to test your English, Telltale and Roleplaying games might be the right choice.


Roleplaying games such as The Elder Scroll: Skyrim provides a complex storyline as well as the need to understand every aspect of the game. Players won’t enjoy the game without proper ability to understand the dialogue between character, how items work and how the story goes.


The similar is also experienced when you play strategy games. Moreover, online strategy games will also provide Player-to-player interactions so the games are not only good for your passive language skill but also your communicative skill.


The more you spend your time playing games in this genre, the better your English will be. The games in this genre are recommended to those who already have good English competence.



Well, playing games surely is fun and you can actually improve your English with it. So let’s not stop at playing games for fun only, let’s play games and improve our English too.

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