Video game language immersion
This might sound obvious, but I just realized I can play several dialogue heavy video games in spanish. I'm playing Stardew Valley on mobile and it has several language options. I'm not a very sociable person outside of work and I dont particularly read much, but I know that these are very important aspects to learning a language alongside duolingo. Just thought it was a cool idea for other introverts. Switch those language settings and see how it goes!
As someone who has learned English almost exclusively through video games and movies, I can pretty much vouch for this (as far as vocab and even grammar use is concerned). Beyond textbooks and Duolingo, video games and movies are the next step into full-blown immersion at least in my experience.
and now it is so easy to switch your gaming console to another language so you don't have to reset the whole program
I do this all the time, it is a great way to learn! The games I play most are Pocket Camp and Harry Potter Mystery, but I have tried all sorts and find simple farming type games are often the best kind for learning.
I don't know about android, I have ios. I think any game that you find fun, which has some text can work though. Word games like word cookies can also be a fun challenge if you change the language settings. I stick to free games, and I check out what language settings are available in the description in the app store. Right now I just started playing a cute game called Post Knight, which also has a good amount of of text, but is easy and simple to navigate.
Yes! I played Pokemon Let’s Go in German, and let me say—it was amazing. I was constantly scribbling down random phrases from all the trainers after I’d beaten them. (I can remember how to say “you dare to call him childish?” in vivid detail from the Silph Co. storyline. It’s amazing.)
Many games on Steam have different language options, so if you have a large library you'll probably have plenty of options. Try it with a game you know well enough to get around the menus even if you don't know the language well enough to understand every word right away. I don't think I'll ever forget "cargar partido" "atrás" or other menu words like that, even though I've only played a few games in Spanish.
When buying older games, I typically look for EUR versions. Many EUR games on the GBA, NDS, PSP, PS2, or Gamecube will have the Multi5 language options (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian) which gives me options to practice between German or French, or to play normally in English. If your language isn't a part of the Multi5 or Japanese, then it will be extremely difficult to find games to play.
Another option is using the Steam store and sorting by language availability. Note: Always check the individual game's language options in the sidebar. Some games offer full GUI & subtitles, but doesn't have foreign audio.
My favorite vocabulary-dense videogames are:
-The Elder Scrolls
MMORPGs are also a good option to look at. Final Fantasy 14 and Elder Scrolls Online both have French and German options.
I used to play world of warcraft in french for this purpose and actively seek out games with spoken Russian. Love stardew valley ^^
Back when many people played Animal Crossing, I would play it whole-class with my Japanese students. The personality types of the characters are set in several categories, and after a while they start saying similar things within their personality type, which made it easy for my students to piece together with a little hand-holding. The kanji was difficult to read on my projected image on the board, so I would have to write it out on the whiteboard bigger.
Once the 3DS version came out, I was so blown away by the island. To think that you can go to the island and have a chat with someone across the world was amazing to me at the time. (Yes, I am old. :) ) So I encouraged my students to go look for Japanese flags and have a conversation. (and by then I was teaching French and Spanish also, so I could encourage those students as well.)
Nowadays I have my Japanese students practice reading Super Mario Maker levels.
But definitely, take something you know and love, and switch the language to what you are studying.
I remember encountering Japanese players on the island every now and then. It was aggravating that the American 3DS doesn't have a Japanese keyboard. I could understand the Japanese players a little, but could write back only in romaji, which felt a little clunky. I'm glad newer video game machines have a lot more language options.
Yes Madam Sensei, I do something similar to what you are doing, but, I do not understand enough Kanji and Katakana to read a full game; so I read Japanese food packaging and translate it for my sister. Or sometimes I will translate chinese, to Kanji, to English to practice reading Kanji. どもありがと、まだ目 せんせい。( ◠‿◠ )
I've done this with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Marvel Future Fight. If I played more mobile games I would occasionally the language to French. Although I have been planning to change The Sims 4 to French (Origin is already in the language) but I'm not sure if it's possible at the moment.
For learning Italian, I would especially recommend Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood.
I play two mobiles games, Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, in French, and I've picked up some vocab, but I also joined french speaking clans which gives me free conversation practice.
I don't play conversational video games, but I have started choosing Spanish more and more often.
For example, I got a new TV recently and set the menus to Spanish and I've started clicking Spanish when tracking packages. That last one was a mistake at first, but I did learn a few new words and phrases.
Hora Estimada Antes del final del día
Estimated Time by End of Day
Nos importa la seguridad de su paquete. Conéctese para obtener más detalles sobre su entrega.
We care about the security of your package. Log in to get more details about your delivery.
Detalles del Rastreo: En Camino
Tracking Details: In Transit
Escaneo de Salida Escaneo de Llegada
Departure Scan Arrival Scan
I still haven't dared to choose Spanish at an ATM though. I don't know why though. What could go wrong?
Consoles have gotten much better about this recently, I have a Nintendo Switch and it can change most games into the language I set. Even Skyrim will download the full audio so that you can have the full dialogue for the game in a foreign language.
If Animal Crossing "New Horizons" has a Dutch language option, I'll look into it.
By the way, if you have a Garmin and you drive a lot, this works too. You'll only get driving directions but its good practice. I sometimes change my Garmin to French just for the listening practice while I drive around.
Playing video games is an excellent way to learn a new language! I've played Animal Crossing New Leaf as well as Pokemon games in Spanish to help me develop a better understanding of conversational, every day Spanish. Because my French is far more advanced, I was able to play Assassin's Creed and Uncharted in French with relative ease. In a nutshell, playing video games in different languages can help language learners refine their knowledge of a language by making the learning experience more engaging. I recommend everyone try playing a video game in another language because it is a fun way to learn!
I need, for the past 6 months, a reliable team who are able to do the things that they say they can.
- C# programmer // script writer (preferable experience in Unity).
- 2nd Artist // animator (frame-by-frame or vector, either).
- Assets handler (preferable Unity experience) // materials mesh.
- Voice actors // story / plot script writer (or able to disguise voice) / Audio .ogg engineer/mastering.
No modeller required - simple, basic, focus on several languages - interpretation comes after English is complete, as principle English tool/game - Open source, fan translation I18N standard string:
*/ ../strings/de.lang #str_20000 halo, wie gehts? ../strings/eng.lang #str_20000 hello, how are you? ../strings/es.lang #str_20000 hola, como estas?
etc, .ogg (also subs).
It would be exceptional to have some gamers who also are proficient in understanding [psycho]linguistics, as this concept of gamification requires either concertation through direction or individual understanding and application.
It's kinda sad that many psycholinguists who are embracing gamification are not gamers, so the games are basic and not that fun - it needs to be fun and absorbing.
Many people who make games are not quite as proficient in the concept of language acquisition through play and problem solving (but they are capable - they've learned C++ or whatever, which is another language...), as many games are translated with no intention to / for the translation/interpretation to be used for the purposes of learning while immersed in play.
The concept is mine, and I'm not telling anyone as this one is decent :p
It is an interesting project - nothing exists like this at this time, implemented in this fashion - it is almost unique (basically I've stolen an idea and repurposed it after I told the people I was gonna steal it and repurpose it if they did not jump at a good opportunity - 6 months later it hasn't happened, so thanks for all the fish).
I'll check this thread, if anyone is interested - I didn't think about asking on Duolingo until seeing this topic come up.
Have a red thing :)
Hey buddy, I'd be interested in helping with English and German languages as well as doing some voice acting. I used to work on the radio. Australian accent btw.
That's cool - Different accents are important!
Voice is a way down the line, but I've bookmarked this page and will remember you Huey :)
I'm intrigued (I teach CS, and am learning Unity a day ahead of my students as I'm teaching an intro course in it)
when i try to speak in french in BOOGA BOOGA, i usually fail and get laughed at by the people that know french.
As someone who's been playing classic WoW for the last week in German.. a very effective way to spend 40 hours :^)
I've changed my mobile phone settings to Spanish to help me learn and it really does help. As I learn more I'm starting to be able to piece together things like news headlines in Spanish.
Such a great idea. I have had settings switched accidentally to Chinese once... Which was awkward.... I'm learning Spanish!
I’ve been playing Minecraft in Spanish recently and It taught me tons of vocabulary. I’d also recommend games like Clash of Clans or Rise of Kingdoms, since you can easily connect with players and clans from different parts of the world and practice your language.
I do the same with Minecraft so I can learn what things are called in czech. You'll get some useful words out of playing video games in your target language.
I love doing this, anytime I play a game I change the language. Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield 4/5, and the Witcher 3 (all super helpful) have a ton of languages to choose from.
I might have to try this for Chinese, but at the same time Im afraid of screwing myself over and not being able to figure out how to change a language back
As no-one has mentioned "Lord of the Rings Online" yet - that is a great game for language learning, too, especially if you like the books and/or movies. It is fun to walk or ride around in Middle-earth - keeping in mind that the in-game language is sometimes old-fashioned, but there is nothing wrong with learning that, either. My English has improved a lot through it. Besides English, you can switch your game language to French or German anytime, and even play on a French or German server, if you like, to meet mother tongue speakers of these languages. And on the English-speaking servers, there are also groups of players speaking Czech or Greek or Spanish or other languages you can join.
This is a great idea! I'll look forward to replaying Alan Wake, Syberia, Witcher, and some adventure games in Spanish, once I complete the tree. GOG seems to have quite a few games that have the Spanish audio option.