Why learning English is useful when you play?

We’ve all heard it at least once: “It’s indispensable to speak English”! And the teachers (or your parents) were not wrong: English is the most widely spoken language in the world and mastering the basics will make your life much easier at work or when travelling. A good level of English can also be useful in your leisure time, in this article we look at why English is useful in video games. English is the most used language on the internet, accounting for over 80% of the data and learning English can change your gaming experience. This statement applies to all types of online entertainment: browser games, sports betting (to understand the difference between moneyline vs spread for example), MMORPGs (to understand the lore), online card games (to access international tournaments), etc.

Access to more content

  • Video games: If you are a video game enthusiast, you already know that some games are only available in English when they are released, this was the case for Path of Exile for example. It would be a shame to miss out on new games because of a limited understanding of English. Having a translator open on your computer all the time does not allow an optimal gaming experience.
  • Posts about video games: Many video game publishers communicate in English on their official websites and social networks. Often they are keen to make the information accessible to as many people as possible and offer translations of their releases for gamers in different countries. But there are a few drawbacks: firstly, the information is not always available as quickly, which can be problematic when it comes to the announcement of an update or a patch. Secondly, when it comes to longer content, such as press releases, it is sometimes truncated or roughly translated. If you understand English, you have access to reliable and direct information. 
  • Interacting with the gaming community: Online entertainment, whatever it is, always federate a community around them and create discussion groups. Systematically, the discussion groups in English are the most active. So if you are looking for information or a solution, the answer is more likely to be found in the English-speaking community.

Better understanding between players

If you play cooperative games such as League of Legend or Call of Duty, you will certainly interact with your teammates or opponents in English, both verbally and in writing. A good understanding of each other is necessary to establish a strategy and to make sure that everyone agrees. Many games have a chat function, and it would be a shame not to be able to use this feature because of the language barrier.

Finally, the world of video games is full of English expressions. Even if they are often used as they are in other languages (for example, the expression GG which means “good game” and which is used by all gamers in the world to congratulate someone), it is essential to understand them in order to use them properly.

Better performance

It has been proven that knowing how to speak a foreign language increases brain capacity: the brain tissue of people who speak several languages is denser than that of others. In addition, their memory is stimulated and their reasoning skills are developed. Speaking two foreign languages develops intellectual abilities: the brains of multilingual people interpret the meaning of words much more easily (almost automatically) than those of a monolingual person.

Finally, being bilingual allows you to be more attentive and versatile in the execution of tasks. To sum up, speaking English and another language activates mechanisms that allow you to perform better in video games.

As you have seen, there are advantages to learning English when you play. On the other hand, it’s possible to learn English with video games… 

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