Three Tips To Learn a Language By Gaming
We’ve all done it before…got sidetracked on our language studies only to end up playing hours of Assassins Creed, C.O.D and League of Legends. Let’s face it, we aren’t perfect and we’re only human – boredom is a real thing, and we LOVE to find ways to make up for it.
Whether or not you’re a hardcore, casual or competitive gamer here is 3 ways to learn a language through gaming.
Change your VPN – If you’re playing an MMORPG then chances are that you have the option of selecting multiple servers from around the globe. However, the problem is that a lot of MMO games have their region restricted by geographical location. By using a VPN you’ll be able to bypass the restriction and access your target language’s country – meaning you’ll be able to interact with natives and have a chance to practice your target language.
Subtitles – If you’re accustomed to playing beautiful high def single player stories with glorious dialogue then the subtitle route is for you. If the game you’re playing is really up to standard, in the audio menu it should have the option to not only change the language but also chose whether or not to display subtitles. This is extremely beneficial to languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean which use a pictographic alphabet.
Better Yet “No Subtitles” – If you’re really up for a challenge, just turn off the subtitles and set the audio to your target language. There must be a reason you are gaming for hours, right? It could be because the content is just that interesting and engaging. Force yourself to listen to the story behind the game and make notes of things you don’t understand.
You don’t have to game with a sense of guilt, its a fun experience and it should stay that way, but don’t forget that you can always learn MORE!