How Games Can Really Help Learn a Language
There is an old Chinese proverb that describes the beauty of learning languages through games: “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” The best language games are designed to involve you in different ways of using the language.
These games offer a dynamic learning atmosphere, so it really comes down to you—the game player—to benefit from playing the game. You can choose to play when the time works best for you and enjoy the time you spend learning your target language. The best part is that while you’re absorbed in the game, you’re actually learning. So rather than pay attention to standard learning, you simply focus on doing well in the game (which also requires strategic thinking, by the way, which can further improve your proficiency).
Games also provide a great personal way to learn the language without any fear of making mistakes with the language in public. You can refine your skills with pronunciation, spelling, grammar and syntax all at your leisure. In the game-orientated context, you engage with the language in several ways by writing, listening, speaking and understanding—which all help generate speech fluency.
Furthermore, learning through games actually motivates you to learn more of the language! When you love playing the game in your free time, that element of enjoyable competitiveness works as a catalyst to get you practicing the language more frequently. To progress in the game involves learning more of the language, so as you reach higher levels in the game, you also reach higher skill levels in your target language.