You can totally blend cool graphics, a gripping storyline, and a night in front of the screen with picking up some English. Whether it’s just some procrastination or a legit way to up your language game 一 it’s up to you after checking out this article. Let’s dive into three cool ways to learn the language using examples from some of the hottest video games these days: Hogwarts Legacy, Call of Duty, and Fortnite.
Before you grab that controller and jump into the game, let’s get you prepped a bit. Games come with words in all sorts of flavors, and they all originally came from English:
Action 一 fast and furious battles and challenges
Survival-action 一 staying alive and kicking
Slasher 一 battles with cold weapons
Platformer 一 hopping around on platforms, like Super Mario
Shooter 一 using firearms
First-person shooter (FPS) 一 a shooter seeing the world through your character’s eyes
Shoot ’em up 一 top-down shooter
Fighting 一 hand-to-hand combat, usually martial arts style
Simulation 一 playing around with real or made-up systems, situations, or stories
Role-playing (RPG) 一 getting into character
No matter which of these games you dive into, you can drop some gamer slang to sound like a true gaming pro.
Lag 一 delay between user action and the game’s response
Achievement 一 in-game accomplishments
Lore 一 the game’s universe backstory and narrative content
Loot box 一 a container with random prizes
Patch 一 an update with bug fixes
Save 一 a game save, where you stash your game progress
Speedrun 一 an extremely fast playthrough
Headshot 一 a shot to the head
Move list 一 a list of moves
Cooldown 一 the wait time for your skills to recharge
Now you’re all set to boost your English game. Let’s dive in!
Method #1: Check Out the Official Trailer
Before a fresh season or a new video game drops on YouTube, the devs always throw out a trailer. Listen it up, write down those new words, and mimic how those voice actors spit it out. And if you’re still not picking it up, hit that subtitle button.
We don’t know his name: money, weapons, Intel 一 he’s planning something.
There are few here to uphold the law and many of those who resist corruption disappear.
These things take planning and preparation, these things take violence and timing… I can do both.
In light of your unique situation (joining us as a fifth year), we’ve devised something extraordinary to ensure your success.
A lot to absorb on your first day.
You have the benefit of an exceptionally skilled team of witches and wizards to guide you.
They will test your abilities: both innate and learned.
Method #2: Dive into Multiplayer Mode
According to the pros at NewZoo, there’ll be around three billion gamers worldwide in 2023. You can hop into the action in Fortnite with a hundred people from all over, and in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, they’ve even got team battles and competitions (Team Deathmatch, Domination, Search and Destroy), plus cool events for all you players. So, if you’re looking to chat while you play, let’s break down some phrases that’ll have any gamer on the other side of the line nodding along.
Chatting in FORTNITE
Fortnite’s a free-to-play co-op zombie-filled open-world action deal with a cartoony vibe. You’ll be exploring the world, fending off those undead, and defending your territory.
Let’s drop 一 to jump from the Battle Bus to start the match
I see an enemy 一 to notify teammates of an enemy sighting
I’m low on health 一 to let others know that your character has low health and may need healing or support
I need materials/ammo 一 to ask other players for ammunition and resources
Storm is coming 一 to warn that the storm is approaching, and players need to move
I’m knocked 一 to announce that your character is down but not out and needs a hand
Eliminated 一 to declare a successful elimination of an opponent
Let’s push 一 to suggest an aggressive approach to dealing with enemies
GG (Good game) 一 to express respect, typically used at the end of a match
Chatting in CALL OF DUTY
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game set during World War II. It has both a single-player mode and multiplayer mode where you can go on missions as a soldier.
Enemy spotted 一 to let your teammates know when you’ve spotted an enemy
Reloading 一 to announce that you’re in the process of reloading your weapon
Cover me 一 to ask your squad to cover your character while you move forward or perform an action
Throwing a grenade 一 to signal that you’re about to toss a grenade at the enemy
I’m hit 一 to inform your team that you’ve been injured
Planting the bomb/defusing the bomb 一 to indicate that you’re starting the process of planting or defusing a bomb in game modes like “Search and Destroy”
Watch your six 一 to advise your team members to be cautious of enemies approaching from behind
Go, go, go 一 to encourage your teammates to move forward quickly
Covering fire 一 to say that you’ll provide suppressing fire to support your team’s movement
Nice shot 一 to give props to your team or a player for a good shot
Method #3: Go for the English Version
While you’re in the game, keep an eye on those in-game texts and captions. Remember the words and how they’re said; it’s not just about leveling up your English, but it also levels up your gameplay.
And if you don’t want to break your flow, check out how others are doing it on streams. Take, for instance, Tom Felton, the guy who rocked Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter flicks. He’s in on the Hogwarts Legacy action. Let’s see what choices he’s making for his character:
Aren’t you curious about what’s inside?
I understand your caution.
Very well. I don’t want to learn the Cruciatus Curse.
I want to learn the Cruciatus Curse. But you must cast it on me.
Teach me the Cruciatus Curse and I’ll cast it on you.
You can also meet phrases from character dialogues in everyday life. For example:
What have you and him been up to now?
I suppose that makes sense.
He’s been pastering me lately about…
I’m frustrated with him.
Now you’ve got a cheat code for learning English through video games. Use it wisely to unlock the world of gaming talk and multiplayer mode without the language barriers. GG!