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June 2015

Interactive learning

Five games that make language learning more fun

Language learning can be a tedious process. Sometimes we need to get creative to make studying more enjoyable. If you’re tired of learning from the textbook, there are several language learning games that you might want to try. Playing games turns the studying experience into a more lighthearted endeavor. You may not even realize you’re learning after a few rounds.

Today we’ll take a look at several language learning games that you should try to make your language learning process more fun.

Influent

Explore a virtual world and learn new vocabulary at the same time. Players wander an interactive 3D environment and collect objects with names, descriptions, and actions. These words are then used to construct nouns, adjectives, and verbs into customized vocabulary lists. The game currently supports a wide range of languages with plans on adding many more. The best part of Influent is that the player chooses what to learn, offering the freedom of sandbox-style video games. It’s also perhaps the most like a modern video game compared to other language learning games available.

Taboo

The popular party game Taboo works with four or more players, so find some study partners for this one! Players draw cards that include something the teammate must guess. The catch, however, is that each card lists a number of “taboo” words that the cardholder cannot say. The cardholder thus has to come up with creative ways to describe the item on the card to the teammate without using the “taboo” terms. While the game is most readily available in English, you could easily turn it into any language you choose by translating the cards. Playing Taboo in your target language is a fun way to socialize with other students while staying off those electronics.

Memrise

Memrise offers traditional flashcard teaching methods with the benefit of memory science to help you retain what you’ve learned. The application works on most smartphones, meaning you can learn on the go. Over 200 languages are featured, though the flashcards can also be used to learn anything. The competition feature allows you to play against friends to see who comes out on top. The gamified approach to flashcards and online tutorials places Memrise above boring traditional learning.

Digital Dialects

Digital Dialects offers games in over 70 languages. Players can select games focusing on a number of subjects, from "phrases and greetings" to "numbers" and "animals" and more. Though there are sections for advanced learners as well, the rudimentary site is best suited for new learners. The benefit, however, is that the site offers lessons in more obscure languages like Fijian, Navajo, Tongan, and more.

Duolingo

Duolingo is the hot product on the mobile language learning market. Fun, intuitive, and free, the app allows players to learn languages wherever they please. It’s perhaps one of the most popular language learning apps available for smartphones. Lessons are presented in bite-sized amounts, meaning you're less likely to become overwhelmed. Earn points with correct answers and level up, increasing your experience in the game. Duolingo additionally includes exercises for reading, listening, and speaking, meaning you'll get a more comprehensive lesson while playing.

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