34 Comments
  1. RalseiDafluffyboy says

    Fun fact, that’s actually how I ended up almost bilingual in English, got interested in a video game with an almost total English fanbase, watched videos about it, started learning on my own, and the next year, I could watch English YouTubers without subtitles, thanks video games!

  2. FourOhSevenFishing says

    The only reason I learned to read at an early age is because my dad told me if I want to get any further in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time…. I was going to learn how to read.

  3. Lopoi says

    As a kid games definitely taught a lot of english, but when I got to high school I started watching youtube from outside my country and I feel like that is what moved my english from basic to “actually I could talk with that everyday”

  4. OkSurprise7755 says

    Where else would we learn every bad word slur and insult by 15

  5. Vertiguous says

    Games also taught me to explore and loot first before completing the objective, but now people get angry at me when I start raiding their sock drawer when I come over to visit.

  6. SrGrafo says

    [**EDIT**](https://i.imgur.com/V8gb5MY.png) (The og teacher)

  7. uhihia says

    So your gonna play and watch everything in Japanese to learn it?

  8. OtakuOD says

    Does that other hat say ‘porn?’

  9. PM_ME_SOME_YAOI says

    I didn’t learn English from games per se but I learned English for games. Me and my cousins got pokemon red and blue for Christmas and neither of us spoke English and we spent about an hour running around the grass between the starting town and second town unsure what to do. By the time I accidentally went in the poke mart and got the professor’s parcel my chameleon was lvl 22. Fun times.

  10. Classic_Megaman says

    Video games sped up my reading ability, taught me money management, and how to horde a whole lot of resources I’ll never use cause I may need them later.

  11. bluepandaparty says

    My Jefferson looked sad

  12. Wellfudgeit says

    Oof. Poor Mr. J… Put down by improper English, and just takes it.

  13. arte_nm says

    For me it was Games and Cartoon Network. I never played any games in my native language, and whwn they started translating them finally I was already living abroad in UK.

    Games prepared me for life.

  14. Crims0N_Knight says

    To be honest, PokĂ©mon taught me a lot of words I didn’t know as an English speaker at a young age like “technique”. It helped expand my vocabulary

  15. Green_Peace3 says

    I immigrated to the US when I was about 7, I picked up speaking in English fairly quickly but I was awful at reading and writing in english. In about 6th grade my cousin introduced me to a Disney online game called VMK (Virtual Magic Kingdom). I loved it but had one major problem, I couldn’t communicate with anyone because if you didn’t spell words correctly it would be filtered out as “####”. The text also disappeared quickly and I was slow at reading, so I could never catch what people were saying. Through sheer determination I taught myself to read, write, and spell so that I could enjoy the game with my cousin. I ended up developing strong reading and writing skills which led me to pursue a career in law. Now I write regulations for my state for a living.

  16. dcmcderm says

    Lol, I’ve told this story here before but it reminds me of my old Swedish buddy.

    > Yeah when I was in university this guy I knew was from Sweden and he learned English mainly by listening to rap music. He was a super nerdy fellow CS major so let’s just say his dialect didn’t exactly match his personality or appearance. He would regularly make us all burst out laughing just by casually explaining how his day went or something, but in a way you might expect Tupac to say it.

    > It took him a couple months of being here before he kinda/sorta started understanding why we found it so funny. But even then it was hard for him to shake the “gangsta” style of speech he had developed.

  17. DeJMan says

    [Ah, docka morpher](https://i.imgur.com/RTNJ859.png)

    ^^^^I ^^^^don’t ^^^^really ^^^^play ^^^^Sims ^^^^tho

  18. vaarikass says

    [those three too](https://imgur.com/r9Q4B41)

  19. Deracination says

    I also learned history from Age of Empires and math from Frog Fractions.

  20. Meracoid says

    I learned to read by playing Pokemon. Which is probably why I can’t pronounce things correctly and misspell tings

  21. BakedOnions says

    i learned to type fast because before voice coms you had to type shit out.. and so starcraft/counterstrike forced you to do so quickly while also playing the game and what not

  22. mctagz says

    As a teacher, Video Games are A GREATLY UNDERAPPRECIATED TEACHING TOOL!

  23. Griswolda says

    My first real challenge in English was back in the day when private servers for WoW were new (no google translate available). School-English was easy in comparison to that.

    I didn’t understand 90% of the text but wanted to play for free so badly. That hooked me for life (language-wise, not the game).

  24. JediGuyB says

    I learned to type playing MMOs.

  25. ermacia says

    Yeah, being from Cuba I would not have learned English of it weren’t for videogames, and movies.

  26. KoS1596 says

    Yea video games helped a lot like in school i was like in the 2nd place from my class my best friend which also plays a lot of games is in first atleast thats how i think

  27. bitemark01 says

    I can relate in that IRC got me to git gud at typing, far better than anything else.

  28. SK570 says

    I speak English almost fluently because I watched a lot of movies and series. By the time we started learning English in school, I could already form coherent sentences.

  29. PragmaWarningDisable says

    Man, Pokémon Blue/Red was the first exposure I had to English. My mother bought me a guide and I taught myself by using a NL/EN dictionary to translate it bit by bit.

    Was nearly fluent when we started having English at school. Being so in love with a game that you learn an entire language to complete it, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

  30. Poison22324 says

    Bro I’m american and video games taught me more words than English class did, that and my own curiosity

  31. toomanytomatoes says

    I reset Pokemon red 4 times when I was a kid because I didn’t know how to save the game. I finally figured it out and went from there. Also used pokemon to help teach my brother to read several years later too. My parents still bring it up!

  32. Doombringer1331 says

    I remember learning how to Touch Type with some flash games back in elementary school.

  33. Quivering_Star says

    I was a complete failure at school, and my only real memory of english class was that one bitchy teacher who got in my face because I wasn’t doing my assignment. My excuse for it was that I “already knew about all of that”, and I really did because it was basic stuff.

    So she asked me what the plural of “child” was, and for some reason I either didn’t fully grasp how plural worked in english, or I was just stressed out by how agressive she was that I answered “children**s**”. Then she yelled at me in front of the whole class that plural words in english don’t end with an s and that I was a shitty arrogant kid.

    I started learning english out of necessity years before that because my dad bought me PokĂ©mon Gold in english by mistake and I really wanted to get through it. So I guess PokĂ©mon isn’t the best way to learn proper english grammar, but I generally understood what a lot of english words meant because of it.

    And I’ve never really had any regular classes to “properly” learn english, I just kept reading and hearing the language in many games that weren’t translated in french but were fun enough for me to put effort in understanding the story and dialogue.

    I think I fully unlocked my potential in Super Mario RPG by understanding the word puzzle in the pirate ship. Now I’m fully bilingual and will understand stuff in english almost better than in french, unless it’s about something I’m completely unfamiliar with or spoken with a heavy accent.

  34. okThisYear says

    Ain’t isn’t bad English by the way. It is efficient English.

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