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A Stupid Thought - Video Games and Languages.

This is a pretty stupid thought, but I might as well share it.

If you play a video game in a language you're trying to learn (i.e. Playing Pokemon in Spanish), would that help you in language learning?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

It's not stupid, it's no different than watching movies or reading books in a language you're learning

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yahuwa

Probably, as you are learning new words as you go, I know reading books and watching movies in that language helps, so I would guess so does video games ( I should start playing Minecraft in French:))

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Absolutely! And it's not a stupid thought. The only way you really learn a language well is if you approach learning it in different ways.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Yes, but it also depends on which game exactly. If it has a lot of conversations, sure, I'm a prime example (!) of someone who learned English from zero through Mass Effect trilogy.
I'm near-native fluent and I highly recommend this method, for certain games only, as I mentioned. I've played all of these, and still do! I'm going to start ME3 in French. All rated M for Mature (17+), proceed at your own responsibility:

  1. Mass Effect 1, 2, 3 (All have Italian dub and sub. Steam has 1 (Here) (without the Polish dub, makes French, German, Italian, English) and 2 (Here) (with all the dubs, English, French, Italian, German, Polish) and a bundle, but doesn't have 3. You can buy, say, an Italian retail, and I'm not sure about Origins.com. Remember to have subtitles on for any games, and don't feel overwhelmed. You can't and shouldn't learn all that at once)

  2. Dragon Age Origins and Awakening (And maybe DA2, but not Inquisition, the story was even worse than 2) (French dub not available on Steam)

  3. Tomb Raider 2013. It's available on Steam along other voice-overs)

  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it is available on Steam along with other voice-overs)


If you're interested to know more, I'll quote myself with some Formatting changes, refer to that conversation for more details:

Theoretically, any game gets us to another world and anything will be real within that world. Real world experience is like seeing, hearing and talking in a language. The exact thing I said is true for games.

Aside from saving the galaxy, ME series are total RPGs (role playing games) where you're a person in contact with other people. Meaning near-everyday talk, smack talk, joking, decisions and responsibilities, difficult negotiations, resource managing and etc. are included.
It's Mass Effect, not Call of Duty where you kill some people and save the world. Each conversation has very different choices and can go many ways, and every single one has an impact on the overall result. Hoping to post a discussion about this soon. I'll end this section by some numbers for now:

ME1 20000 lines, 300000 words
ME2 25000 lines, 450000 words
ME3 ? lines, 430000 words
Dragon Age Origins 68000 lines, 740000 words (The protagonist doesn't speak here)

(I've played ME series thoroughly for more than 15 times now. I still haven't heard as much as 70% of dialogues)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

Mass Effect was fun, I thought TR 2013 was a pretty huge ripoff of the first Uncharted though.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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Can't comment as I haven't played Uncharted, yet Tomb Raider 2013 was still important as Lara gained a personality. And, this is a language learning forum and I'll stop commenting further on this right now!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

Good idea, this is language learning :P

Edit: But seriously, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the 2015 sequel, was a ripoff of Uncharted 2... Really Crystal Dynamics? Still a good game though.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillowSkidmore

Sure! Why not? It helps to watch TV show in the language that you're learning.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pfirsch_

I would think so

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francy-Chan

Nope it isn't stupid :) ! You learn a language with fun! For example I play "Super Mario Party" in japanese , "Nintendogs" in english and "Catz 2" in spanish! It's very funny! ^-^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Baconquistador

You pretty much summed up the best way to get an "education" in another language. xD I recommend games that have a good amount of dialog or maybe written puzzles if you really wanna get the most out of it, or you can just switch CoD to spanish and say "Well, I'm learning "

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

I would play CoD in French, but the only game I have for PS4 is Advanced Warfare. And that's a bunch of crap with people jumping around with exoskeletons and stuff.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Baconquistador

Ugh too true. Hopefully Infinite is a step up fingers crossed

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

I've played the beta, and it's absolutely horrible. Jetpacks, running on walls, shooting while sliding around corners, throwing knives that explode...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I don't know why you think this is a stupid thought. Using something you really enjoy makes it more likely you will keep learning. It could limit the words you are using to the game terms depending on what you are playing so I wouldn't recommend giving up up other learning means. Unless you are playing something that let's you speak with other players freely.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArianaMoni

Don't say this is a stupid idea, since I love video games I might just try this!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MasonBrooks_25

Maybe. It's fun, addicting and educational at the same time!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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I would avoid games set in the past, as these may feature a lot of archaic words and expressions.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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Oh man, this isn't just not a 'stupid thought', it is actually genius, you will find out soon enough.

One of my favourite games is Baldur's Gate, it is an RPG from 1998 with something like ninety-billion-teen lines of text. It has been translated into dozens of languages. Every five minutes, you'll have some long dialogue with some character in the game, the way you respond to it pretty much determines how well you make it through the game... or not... say the wrong thing to the wrong person, and you've had it. Aside from Duolingo, which I use to get my feet wet, I credit it with teaching me to read pretty much... well, everything.

The reason it is such a good way to learn, is that in contrast to studying any other way, a game gives your mind something to chew on so it doesn't fall asleep. Boredom is like poison when you are learning anything. If you have a favourite game, one that you can sit in front of for eight hours a day, then that is basically eight hours a day of studying that you are notching up. Not only are you immersing yourself in the language, you are attaching it to a vivid, memorable experience, which makes it much easier to take in.

Studying isn't just book learning :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilentWolf77

It's perfectly fine to think that. And I think it would help you learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Merrowmic
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I do this often and I can definitely say that it improves vocabulary and listening skills across the board GREATLY.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/39101
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playing Pokemon in Spanish is really weird sometimes. i have only one game in spanish, so when i start it up, i sometimes expect it to be in english.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Benezia

I actually learned most of my English through playing video games!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WahahaDrills
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It's how I got ahead of my Spanish class back when I was in highschool. In fact, I specifically did Pokemon Silver in Spanish. I never hide the fact that it was basically just through playing Pokemon that I almost got bumped past Spanish 3 into AP Spanish. Only downside was that I had already played it a lot when I was a kid so I already knew what to do mostly and didn't want to read too much of the dialogue again. I still use this method too.
So, at least I think it's a great idea. Others here seem to think so too.
It's a simulated world where the language "lives" with the characters. I think it's one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the language beaten only by actually talking to people and immersing yourself in the language in real life. You have to follow instructions and respond to events in the language. I think it's a nice way to boost how effectively you process and remember things in the language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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If you love Italian culture and language, try playing Assassin's Creed 2 and Brotherhood in Italian! It's a great experience! They are some of my all-time favorite games.

Or Assassin's Creed Unity in French, but it's not so good as the above!

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