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Hello all, this is my first thread here.

I'm brazilian and a good portion of what I know of English was learned through gaming. I did some courses but it never lasted long and I never practised enough. I kind hit this "plateau" sometime ago and I really want to get to another level - maybe even reach fluency some day. My reading is somewhat good, my writing and listening is so-so and my speaking is my weakest skill.

As many of you know, one good way of getting better at a foreign language is talking to someone who really knows that language. So here I am, asking for help of a kind soul. I was thinking about using my PS Plus subscription and voice chat while playing a good game with a VGChartz fellow. =D

I live in UTC-3 time zone and I have about 1 hour/day free for gaming during week days (after 8PM, my time) and I have a little bit more free time during weekends, specially on Sundays.

If you are insterested, please add me on PSN (my ID is haqqaton) or PM me so we can start planning my classes (games, schedule, etc).  Haha...

Have any of you guys used this "methodology" to learn a foreign language? What could you share about the results? Did you get better? What are your hints?

Thanks.

p.s:  I have a Switch but I don't think I'll pay for the online subscription. At least for now.

EDIT:

Just to clarify. I'm not asking for an English teacher! I just want someone to play games with occasionally.

Last edited by haqqaton - on 31 August 2018

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I'm Brazilian and learned English mostly through gaming, too. That, and the basics I got at school plus watching loads of Youtube later on.

I don't really have this same urge as you do, but personally I used to think my speaking was quite bad (because it's the one skill I never use), but then there was this one random day where I played Splatoon 2 online with some dudes from here and after a few minutes it was totally natural.



@op. Uummmm. Your English seems pretty strong already. Like, better than some native English speakers ( writers, posters, whatever. )



Chinese food for breakfast

 

I thought Brazilians loved PC gaming. You don't have a Steam account? 

I don't even have a mic lol.



mZuzek said:
I'm Brazilian and learned English mostly through gaming, too. That, and the basics I got at school plus watching loads of Youtube later on.

I don't really have this same urge as you do, but personally I used to think my speaking was quite bad (because it's the one skill I never use), but then there was this one random day where I played Splatoon 2 online with some dudes from here and after a few minutes it was totally natural.

Impressive. You seem to be like in "native" level.

I've edited my OP. It was not very clear but I just want to play now and then while practicing speaking.



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sethnintendo said:

I thought Brazilians loved PC gaming. You don't have a Steam account? 

I don't even have a mic lol.

I sold my gaming PC. I abandoned my Steam account with a respectable backlog. xD



Bralod is Brazilian. I don't know if he's good at speaking english but he might be able to help.
@BraLoD



What games do you play?

I don't have a PS Plus account right now, because I was barely using it. Essentially all of my online gaming is on Xbox. But, I'd love an excuse to re-subscribe.



I'm also Brazilian and I'd love to help, as I really enjoy studying languages and all that stuff, but I have neither a PS4 nor a mic. But good luck with that anyway!



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If you're willing to, I'd really recommend you to start watching YouTube videos in english or maybe even movies/tv shows in addition to playing games in english. If you want to start slow, watch stuff with english subtitles and once you feel confident enough, just get rid of them altogether. Just like you, I'm also brazilian and learned a ton of english just from playing games, but using other media to learn too was a huge help. I'd say I'm pratically fluent nowadays compared to when I joined the forums, my english really has come a long way since then.