Growing up, I’ve played a lot of different games. From board games to video games, I have tried so many that I’ve lost track with all of it. One thing is for sure though, each of the games I’ve invested my time when I was younger, and even today, it has improved my English a lot. English is not all work and no play, you see. But I guess that’s true for everything. So what are things that these games have improved in regards to my communication skills?

One would be my grammar. I’ve played a lot of card games like Pokémon cards and Magic: The Gathering. It’s a pain in the ass if you struggle with grammar and you start playing these card games because each clause and each rule plays with which moves comes first and which action happens last, and every player has to follow these rules. Verb tenses. Even with modals and conditions are very crucial. A game deciding action may come down to how well you understand the text in every card.

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Next, speech. Playing video games, especially the new ones, there will be a lot of talking. Apart from the hacking and slashing, that is. Video games nowadays is pretty much like watching a TV series. There is a story line, and there’s a lot of graphics. A gamer can get used to all the accent of the characters and learn all kinds of vocabulary just by playing video games.

Lastly, board games. Board games are very interactive. Players interact with the game itself, or players interact with other plays. Conversation skills become better the more you play. Monopoly, Cranium, and all the other likes of it are very good examples. Those are the games that make you negotiate with other players or make you sing, draw, and explain things.

Learning English can be very fun. These games don’t just help you with your communication skills, they also make you think more logically and critically. For starters, any game is good. Toy stores and hobby stores have good ones in stock. Just make sure you play with a lot of people to make it more enjoyable and exciting.  And one more thing: make sure that when you are playing, speak English as much as possible.

  • Reggie Meriales Aiep

    I’d also like to add that playing games like these improve one’s critical thinking.

    • Dimash

      I’ve played many games in the school such as Mafia, and it improved my critical thinking a lot.

  • Reggie Meriales Aiep

    I would also like to add a game that inspires a good conversation but not for children. It’s called Cards Against Humanity. Recommended for people who are 18 and above 🙂

  • Liz Orale Aiep

    Yes, there are many ways in learning a language and since most of the games are made in English, we all get to learn many things from them. For instance, vocabulary, phrases, etc. I’ve read that having fun while learning makes it all worth it, because the memory stores more information better and stronger that way. This is why I love AIEP, because AIEPRO is so much fun and we all learn and grow from each other. 😀

  • Wyn Inocentes-Aiep

    Learning a language should be fun and interactive. It is so effective in remembering new words because the experience was so memorable.

  • Wyn Inocentes-Aiep

    Learning a language should be fun and interactive. Remembering a word is faster and it lasts longer because the experience of learning about it is memorable.

  • P’pao Paoz

    I agree that learning English can be all fun and games. Teachers use games or fun activities that they find useful to teach the students in the group class, if you know those games or an activity that works for improve your English.

    • When I was young, I would always play different kinds of games: sports, board games, video games, and the like. These things helped me to express myself in English. I’m glad to see you participating more in the activities, Pao.

  • Vinz San Juan

    I agree, my younger brother plays a lot of games with us and our cousins and I’ve noticed that they usually speak in English while playing a game. 🙂

    • Liz Orale Aiep

      Yes, even for those who play new games, it could be quite challenging to remember vocabularies. With that said, sometimes people don’t notice they start improving their English because having so much fun! 🙂

  • Julia Borisenko

    There is no other method to learn a language. It should be fun

  • Jackie Rosales

    It’s true that playing is way of making your brain think faster. and help your vocabulary enhance because their are rules that uses a lot of vocabulary, also communicating to others and suggesting ideas

  • Reggie Meriales Aiep

    Your list of games have caught my attention. >:)

  • Czaree Deles

    Playing and learning are always interconnected; that is why we learn a lot of things when playing. I’m glad that there are more cafes here in Manila that cater to board games. In that way, more people will go back to playing board games as a past time rather than just strolling around the malls.

  • Liz Orale Aiep

    Yes, I totally agree! Here at AIEP we always have fun leaning English because of the activities we do. She share our life experiences, learn from each other, and talk about almost everything under the sun. Communication is everything! 🙂

  • brenda pan piragauta

    Learning English through interaction with other people or even more in games is part of your teaching process in this language. Learning the Five Elements structure is very useful to learn to improve more and more in the English language.

  • Adnan Lolgvggv

    Learning English through games is a good way to improve. It keeps you focused, not bored and distracted. And are learning without even knowing it.

  • Ahmad Alhanakl

    If you enjoy learning, you love what you learn. At AIE,P I always enjoy when teacher Liz gives us games that require challenge and quick thinking.