How to Learn English with Video Games (what science says)

How to Learn English with Video Games (what science says)

Yes, you can learn English with video games! Playing games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, Minecraft, or World of Warcraft is the best way to learn English. It’s even better than watching TV (or Netflix) or reading books in English. But what makes gaming the best way to learn English? How can you learn English from gaming?

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  1. GiC7 on July 9, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Nice sir, thanks I love gaming.

  2. Teacher Zdenek on July 9, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Yes, I couldn’t agree more

  3. 10 minute English lesson on July 9, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    I totally agree 👍
    Great video

  4. English with Mr Henriquez on July 9, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Did you learn English while gaming?

  5. Laxmi Vasquez coral on July 9, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    New subscriber

  6. English Learners Here on July 10, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Leontes, Marissa Balidoy here. What you’re saying here is right. My Korean student said he also learns English from playing Roblox. 🙂

  7. Michael Duffy on July 10, 2022 at 12:09 am

    AWESOME VIDEO HENRIQUEZ !!!! Keep em comin you rock !!!!!!! LIKE 1 !!

  8. ABDELFATTAH EL OUAKOUDI on July 10, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Mr. Henriques story-mode or online multiplayer what do you think is better for enhancing English level? BY THE WAY, I GOT THE SERIES S

  9. Teacher Zdenek on July 10, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Brilliant video, Leontes!!!

  10. nthny11 on July 10, 2022 at 12:18 am

    As someone who grew up playing World of Warcraft I couldn’t agree more with these statements. I was 6 years old when I started playing WoW and I used to always sit on my mum’s lap communicating with their guildies from all over Europe, mostly the UK. It has benefited me a lot with my language learning journey, especially being so young when I was first exposed to the language. It has helped a lot with my fluency as well as my pronunciation.

  11. TechNyx on July 10, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Do I game?

    *Stares at game library of 1300 games of which half have not even been touched yet*

    … yeah a little..

  12. KMZDV on July 10, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Makes me want to game instantly

  13. Cansu Erol on July 10, 2022 at 12:23 am

    and yet teachers don’t see why we learn it the best way by playing our fav video games once they realize this gigantic elephant in the room they’ll hopefully begin teaching us stuff to us that way. As i said i hope so but not so sure wheter they change their mindsets.

  14. English Learners Here on July 10, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Love your video because it is well researched! <3

  15. Hazelnootje on July 10, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Everything is nice, and dandy, until some weirdo in the voice chat starts speaking Russian, or Spanish.

  16. English Learners Here on July 10, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Be seeing more of you at Sean Cannell’s (ThinkMedia) YouTube 1K Challenge! <3

  17. Mašinka 8534 on July 10, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I totally agree! When I started playing Minecraft, I saw, that if I’m going to do something I like, I will learn English way better, than at school. Then I started watching youtube, where I learnt English, and then practised while playing online games. Now I win in (almost 😀 ) every English competition in our school. I think social apps (for example instagram) is something like gaming when it comes to learning English, or idk how my classmates (girls) are learning English that well. You should continue this content!

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