10 great games
Video games are also used to learn things. How about learning English? See 10 great games to learn English while having fun. They are narrative games, which make you have a deep contact with the language. And, of course, with high-level campaigns that will addict you!
1. Pokémon franchise
- Launch: 1996 – until now
- Main platforms: GameBoy, Nintendo Wii, N64, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Switch and Mobile
We started with an entire franchise. Pokémon games have a lot of dialogue throughout the campaign. You meet characters in cities, on roads and even at sea! Only in conversations can you get a lot of new vocabulary from the English language.
And in battles? Tackle, Cut, Fire Blast, Thunderbolt: each attack is new in terms of language learning. From the first Pokémon captured to battles in the League, you have a lot to play and discover.
Finally, all the houses and buildings that appear have objects that are easy to learn, understand and memorize. You even find in-game shopping. So on your journey to being a Pokémon master you can improve your English.
2. Gone Home
- Launch: 2013
- Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC
Gone Home is that non-linear narrative game that draws attention through exploration. You control Kaitlin, who returns to the family home and finds that everyone is gone. During the search for clues to what happened the player walks around the mansion, that is: it is wonderful to get vocabulary about objects, rooms and things in the house.
There is also the textual part of the game, such as Sam’s diary, K7 tapes, photos, VHS and other elements. Putting all this material together, if you are patient you can certainly improve your fluency. Both reading and listening! Gone Home is ideal in this sense, as it stimulates language learning in many ways.
3. This War of Mine
- Launch: 2014
- Platforms: PC, Mobile, PS4 and Xbox One
This War of Mine is a wonderful survival for anyone wanting to give that gas in English. As you must improve your shelter and go in search of supplies, build weapons, make medicines and food, you can learn many new words!
Another point is that the characters in the game have their own narratives, which are told in the game as you progress and survive. Reading about their backgrounds is part of the game, so enjoy and try to absorb as much vocabulary as you can.
4. The Beginner’s Guide
- Launch: 2015
- Platforms: PRAÇA
The Beginner’s Guide is a game about games. You explore several unfinished games, created by the narrator’s friend, Coda. As you progress through folders where these unfinished games are, you will discover more and more about Coda’s personality and hidden meanings in his projects.
Here, learning is more focused on pronunciation and hearing training. After all, the narrator comments on the inventions of his friend Coda and interprets the possible meanings of unfinished games.
5. Telltale Games – The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
- Launch: 2012 and 2014
- Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Mobile
Telltalle is one of the companies that produced some of the coolest games in terms of narrative mechanics. From The Walking Dead, masterpiece, to Game of Thrones, you have games that compel you to make decisions to progress in history. Because it has a LOT of dialogue, it is ideal for those who want to give boost in reading.
And even hearing, the listening, you can also train in these games. The characters talk a lot, and by the facial expressions and the context you can get a good sense of the words you don’t know yet.
6. Age of Empires Franchise
- Launch: 1997 – until now
- Platforms: PRAÇA
The Age of Empires franchise is another franchise with a lot of potential for anyone who wants to learn English while playing. It is a game with a lot of repetition of movements, actions and text boxes. To get the words right, this is essential. Besides that all games in the franchise have a huge historical footprint.
With that you have among the chapters of the narrator campaigns that tell stories about famous people in human history. Saladino, Joana d’Arc, Ricardo Coração de Leão are just some of the historical leaders that appear in the series’ games. Learn history and English at the same time, how about that?
7. The Elder Scrolls Online
- Launch: 2014
- Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
We could mention any game in the Elder Scrolls franchise here, but Online is by far the one with the greatest content of all. Visiting practically all the lands already created in the games alone is worth the gambling, so think about how much you can learn vocabulary.
Outside you create guilds and groups with players from all over the world. This ensures that you have direct contact with the English language, which is usually the official language of online games.
8. Until Dawn
- Launch: 2015
- Platforms: PS4
Until Dawn is that horror game where everything can go right, but it can also go wrong. As you must save all teenagers in the game by making choices during gameplay, it’s good to know English, right? Good: if you play it in that language, try to take the opportunity to learn new things in the dialogues and texts you find.
The game is relatively short, so reset it several times. The repetition will consolidate the language learning, and after a few game sessions you won’t even need subtitles!
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Launch: 2015
- Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch
The witch Geralt of Rivia lives dozens of unique adventures in The Witcher 3. As a good open world RPG with a huge map, we already know that you have contact with items, weapons and other very specific objects. Therefore, you can gather a good knowledge of English in relation to medieval themes.
Another cool point is Gwent. The game cards from The Witcher universe contain descriptions and texts, which can be used to learn vocabulary. And, of course, all the dialogues and cutscenes very well elaborated that make this one of the best games ever made.
10. Life is Strange
- Released: 2015
- Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC and Mobile
Life is Strange is beautiful, dramatic and with a super narrative. It is precisely this narrative that will help you learn English. Controlling Maxine you get in contact with a lot of written and oral texts. There are several missions that lead to talking with characters about the most diverse subjects.
As it is a game of narrative choices, you will need to understand what you are doing to progress well in the campaign. Grab that opportunity and try your hardest to learn the game’s vocabulary. It is not difficult, and the context indicates the meanings of what you are reading or listening to.
Old RPGs to learn English
Above we gave you RPG tips. The fact is that this is one of the best game genres for anyone who wants to learn English! Especially when we talk about old games. They bring dialogues exclusively in the language, collectibles such as letters and notes, glossaries and other objects on which to practice reading.
Even though many did not have the component of listening, forced the player to look up words in the dictionaries or try to interpret from the context. Below you can see some of the best old RPGs for learning English.
- Final Fantasy (especially VII, VIII and IX)
- Baldur’s Gate
- Chrono Trigger
- The Legend of Zelda
- Kingdom Hearts
- Ragnarok Online
- World of Warcraft
Tips for learning English playing video games
Virtually every video game can help you learn English today. The 10 examples above are just a few of the hundreds of titles that serve this purpose. So the best tip if you want to learn the language while playing is … Play. Play everything you see ahead, but always with the awareness of having the game in English, not in Portuguese!
In addition, you can:
- Choose a game genre and focus only on that genre, such as Age of Empires strategy games, for example. This makes it easy to learn by repetition
- Enable subtitles for games where this is possible
- Zero games with puzzles or that depend on exploitation to be zeroed. So you are obliged to have contact with the language to progress in the campaign
- Always play in the easiest difficulties. That way you won’t have to worry about not progressing or dying in an attempt to progress
- All narrative games are good for learning English. Focus on them if you have an advanced language level