https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coolcatmcfat

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!

September 6, 2019

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LangAddict

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunshine140599

and now it is so easy to switch your gaming console to another language so you don't have to reset the whole program

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeoNeko77

What apps/games for android would you recommend for language learning?

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meg1256

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.)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sphinx1824

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lichtnoire

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:

-Pokemon

-Final Fantasy

-Dragon Quest

-Animal Crossing

-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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nofoofro

Great idea! I'll change my Stardew to Japanese!

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ululare

I used to play world of warcraft in french for this purpose and actively seek out games with spoken Russian. Love stardew valley ^^

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MadameSensei

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArcticKatRina

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.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raynoor

That's such a cute idea and so obvious when you hear about it; especially since Nintendo games are originally in Japanese it'll give the students a new appreciation for the original :') Good on you for teaching your students in such a cool way!

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WeebieMcGee

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。( ◠‿◠ )

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeoNeko77

This is like the perfect post for me, i'll check that game out.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ediliah

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.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ahblair

I am learning Esperanto playing The Expression: Amrilato via Steam right now.

http://mangagamer.org/amrilato/

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AernJardos

GOG.com has tons of games that are done in many, many languages. I absolutely love using games to help shore up my Italian.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
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For learning Italian, I would especially recommend Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick124568

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterAusti2

Good luck finding a (fun) game that you can switch to Indonesian :p

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eduardo953694

Mmmmmm nice

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yetanothername

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.

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I still haven't dared to choose Spanish at an ATM though. I don't know why though. What could go wrong?

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArcticKatRina

If Animal Crossing "New Horizons" has a Dutch language option, I'll look into it.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raynoor

I changed all my games to French a while back! However, Nintendo (my only consoles) doesn't do Arabic, so instead my grandma and I are translating Splatoon 2 to Arabic together :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamRen156570

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rockonztar

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!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterAusti2

I need, for the past 6 months, a reliable team who are able to do the things that they say they can.

  1. C# programmer // script writer (preferable experience in Unity).
  2. 2nd Artist // animator (frame-by-frame or vector, either).
  3. Assets handler (preferable Unity experience) // materials mesh.
  4. 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 :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huey616889

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterAusti2

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 :)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HowardF64

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)

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas715599

when i try to speak in french in BOOGA BOOGA, i usually fail and get laughed at by the people that know french.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Huey616889

As someone who's been playing classic WoW for the last week in German.. a very effective way to spend 40 hours :^)

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrahamThac

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonny472816

Such a great idea. I have had settings switched accidentally to Chinese once... Which was awkward.... I'm learning Spanish!

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ariana619893

I'm currently playing Pokemon Yellow in Japanese. It is a cool idea.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VesphealCE140

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianM218751

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.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EriktheSwede

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.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanSleist

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

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StaceyRoguez

I like that idea! Gracias!

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiyalka2

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.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexIsStupid

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.

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomM198432

Good idea, i do this sometimes with minecraft

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessieHOLA

I have created a character on a Spanish WoW server and it's going really well. It's like virtual immersion :D

September 8, 2019
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