Videogames Taught Me English

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Videogames have their own language, a way to communicate with the player regardless of whether or not they can understand the text or voice of the game. That's why kids that still haven't learnt how to read can beat games that give them instructions by text. And as any other language, its one that you have to learn.

This is the story of how i used my understanding the videogame language to learn the English as my secondary language.

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I totally understand what you mean, I learned to read from video games because I wanted to play I started to lean.. and pokemon taught me pronunciation..

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olbengc responds:

Thanks for the comment :)

It's so cool to see the lengths one goes through just to better enjoy a hobby.

Now i guess you mean you learnt pronunciation from Pokemon the cartoons right? cus the only sounds i remember from the games are the screams and screeches from the pokemon :p

Very nice!
Same story for me... I live in Italy, and when I was 7-8 years old, every month at the newsstand there was a new issue of "PC Subito", some sort of PC course. Together with it, there were floppy disks with free software. In particular, the only games were the shareware versions of Apogee's and Epic Megagames'... obviously in english. I started learning english that way: if I wanted to understand the plot of a game, I had to grab a dictionary and start translating by myself. Glad I'm not the only one!!

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olbengc responds:

hahaha thanks for sharing :p

ironically, as a kid i didnt care much about not knowing the plot of the games i played, i just made them up in my mind. For me Chrono Trigger was about a son of Goku (from dragon ball) in the future saving someone.

The fact that i didnt know anything story-wise of those games adds an extra level of enjoyment when i re-play them nowadays :p

I video your cartoons! They're so relate-able! I'm learning French and German! I don't have any help from video games, but I read books, change the language settings on some websites and my phone, and change movie languages and subtitles. I play Japanese games and watch anime, so I get around with it in that area, but I wouldn't try to Japan on that! But, I have a very hard speaking anything other than English. I'd say I can read very well, and I could write well, if I did it more. Thank so much for making this!

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olbengc responds:

Glad you liked it :)

I don't speak any other languages but I found this interesting nonetheless, I kind of like the multilingual options they got in Europe for many games. Making that connection with anything is the hardest thing, "Eureka". :D

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olbengc responds:

Glad you liked the video :)

Yeah, making a connection between something you like and something you have to do (or would like to do) might be hard, but if you manage to do it, things get sooo much easy and fun

Amazing story! It get close to home for me because I have a rather similar story, although mine also involves the internet halfway into learning English from video games.
I particularly remember playing RPGs like Chrono Cross on PS1 and trying to figure out what the characters were saying with my incredibly limited English vocabulary. And it was really great to slowly but surely build up to playing games without any problem understanding it.
I just hope that kind of learning experience is not gone in today's world where games in several languages are more common.

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olbengc responds:

Thank you very much :)

Its hard to say but i hope that rather than disappear, that way of learning just transformed. Nowadays with the popularity of smartphones and with how easy it is to just talk to people across the world if someone wants to learn a new language they have an easier time now.

as the saying goes: where there's will there's a way

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Oct 11, 2017
10:56 PM EDT
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