Dialogue-rich Computer Games in Second Languages?

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Postby arthaey » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:43 am

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Postby Teango » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:57 am

Having completed "The Inner World" in German, I've now set my sights on "The Longest Journey" (and am in the process of installing it on my iPad right now). I loved playing these type of computer adventure games in English when I was younger, and consider it a really fun way of learning new words, consolidating receptive skills, and immersing in memorable and engaging content. This is especially the case when there's a generous supply of funny or captivating interactive dialogue which you can follow, and you can get hold of both the audio and captions in your chosen target language. Of course, learning through computer games is not for everyone, but for me at least, the hours seem to fly by when I'm into a new game. And as a happy bonus, I find my language skills level up nicely with little or no discomfort! :D
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Postby Teango » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:50 pm

After an ironically long route to get "The Longest Journey" installed on my old iPad, I discovered the game was only available in English audio and text anyway. Zut alors! Never mind, I've since installed "Broken Age" successfully and look forward to starting a new adventure in German soon.
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Re: Dialogue-rich Computer Games in Second Languages?

Postby Cavesa » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:07 pm

I've recently played Broken Sword 3 and 4 in German. I wholeheartedly recommend them both! Very good dubbing, precise subtitles, tons of everyday items being used in creative ways.
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Postby Teango » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:19 pm

@Cavesa
"Broken Sword" steht als Nächstes auf meiner Liste... ;)

(Broken Sword is next on my list...)
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Re: Dialogue-rich Computer Games in Second Languages?

Postby Teango » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:07 am

I read about a Spanish language learning game on Reddit today and downloaded the app to my wife's iPhone for under a dollar: Learn Spanish with Ruby Rei. The developer says the game has over 1,000 lines of recorded dialogue and that the gameplay is about 3-5 hours (edit: it took me just over 2 hours altogether to complete). I'd planned to study Hawaiian and New Zealand Sign Language this afternoon, but curiosity has now got the better of me and it looks like wanderlust will most likely prevail this weekend. :?
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