If you want to learn a foreign language, playing video games may be a good way to do it. What, no textbooks, classes or annoying homework?! That’s right. Let’s go over why…
Video games have an advantage over classes and other traditional forms of language learning because it is a fun activity. Chances are that you are more likely to spend more time doing fun activities than doing activities that you find boring. For this reason, when you are playing video games, you will also be spending more time immersed in the language. Not only will you have more exposure to the language’s vocabulary and grammar structure, but you will more likely run across a word that you want to look up in order to understand the game better. For this reason, you will be learning the language without it feeling like a hard task.
Now, you could just go on playing video games and through exposure over a long period of time as well as looking up words every now and then, you will begin to get better. In fact this alone may be better than taking traditional learning methods because you will likely put in more hours in the language which is a key to learning a new language.
However, if you want to take it a step further, I would suggest using the video game as a tool to language study. When you come across sentences with words that you don’t know, you should write them down or keep a list of the vocabulary. This way, you can go back later and study the points that you didn’t know. Since video games tend to have vocabulary repetition, it is likely you will come across the same words again thus reinforcing the words even better into your memory.
There is a lot more I could say at this point about how to use the video game for language learning after you’ve begun playing but it is out of the scope of this article. I have however written a book that covers all these issues and you can learn more about it by clicking on the link below. The point I want to impress now though is that language learning doesn’t have to feel like a hard task. You can, in fact, use enjoyable material to learn a language and this is probably a better route anyway since you will likely end up spending more time “studying” the language.
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