How to Learn English Playing Video Games

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Learn and Improve English as a second language playing Video Games.

Video Games for Learning English

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 I hope you’re great!

Yesterday I was playing some old MMORPG game (Ultima Online) just to feel like a 15-year-old-boy again, and then I remembered I’ve learned a lot through many kinds of video games, not only English, but problem-solving, strategy, logic etc. As I got this inspiration yesterday, I decided to write about ‘how can video games help you to learn or improve a second language’, in our case, English as a Second Language (ESL).

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The use of the Definite and Indefinite Articles: ‘A/AN’ and ‘THE’

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Grammar: Definite and Indefinite Articles

In English, the use of the Article is simple, it follows the noun.

In the first image, you can see the Articles in sequence:  ‘A / AN‘ and ‘THE‘:

Definite and Indefinite Articles

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False Friends? Who/What are they?

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False Friends ou Falsos Cognatos

False Friends Falso Cognato

While studying and learning English we might find many words that have their origins in Latin (universidade = university) and are similar to Portuguese, in sound and spell. These words are called cognates(friends, partners). But wait! Keep calm and don’t hurry up. Some of those words may mislead you. For instance, ‘colégio’; it doesn’t mean ‘college’, but High School’. We say faculdade in Portuguese, to refer to ‘college’. Well, they’re not so friendly anymore, are they?. That’s why we call them False Friends (Falsos Cognatos in portuguese).

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Learn IDIOMS and Improve Your English

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Idioms (Idiomatic Expressions)

Idiom Front Image Post

Do you know what Idioms are? Check this out!

According to the book English Idioms in Use (Advanced), written by Felicity O’Dell and Michael McCarthy (Cambridge), “idioms are fixed combinations of words whose meaning is often difficult to guess by the meaning of each individual word.”

To make it simple, idioms are non-literal groups of words which are used a lot within the English language.

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