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.

Gamer Lingo

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.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Trailer

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.

All set.

These things take planning and preparation, these things take violence and timing… I can do both.

Hogwarts Legacy Trailer

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!