In our daily life, we always need to discover interactive lessons that help us develop as humans.
Linguistic development on that note needs an educational game that will help you become advanced learners.
In this post, we’ll be talking about how to learn German through creative games that will inspire you to improve your German skills.
What’s the latest for learning German through games?
Learning through an interactive app is the first choice for many fellow learners of German.
Despite it being a blessing for language learners, it is not the only option you can use for German lessons.
Here are some suggestions that involve different types of games from a spelling game to authentic German learning advanced games.
Learn traditional German games
Back then, children’s acquisition of language skills doesn’t rely just on mobile apps or parents teaching them through Youtube videos.
There are lots of basic vocabulary games you can find through traditional games.
Elementary schools encourage children to learn cheerful songs or go through flashcards of basic phrases fit for beginner level.
But if you’re part of the adult learners, you may need to adjust some of the beginner lessons to a level that suits their language skills.
For Germany, there are various games that you can choose from.
Match the German vocabulary words according to their pictures
You may have heard of Pictionary where you will need to name common vocabulary items through the use of images.
It can be three to four images that may or may not directly describe what the word is.
Feuer, Wasser, Sturm, Blitz
Regarded as a party game, Feuer, Wasser, Sturm, Blitz or Fire, Water, Storm, Lightning in respective order in German is a fun physical game that involves the weather.
The rule is whenever the caller says the German word for the weather, then the appropriate physical action must be done or else that player will lose.
Here are the simple mechanics:
When the caller says Feuer (Fire), players need to do the stop drop and roll or lay down on the ground, as if putting the fire out.
If the caller says Wasser (Water), players need to climb on the tallest object in the room, as if avoiding the flood.
Once the caller says Sturm (Storm), players need to hold onto something big and solid, as if stopping themselves from being swept up by the winds of the storm.
Lastly, if the caller says Blitz (Lightning), players have to make themselves as small as possible, as if avoiding a lightning strike.
This game is great for German learners since they can instantly memorize the German version of body parts and movements, directions, and the translation of the game itself.
You can also change some of the German weather vocabulary and make your own rules.
Ein, Zwei, Drei . . . Halt!
The English translation of Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! is One, Two, Three, Stop! and you may already have an idea of what kind of game it is.
If not, this game is about walking towards the caller that says those words and once you hear the “Halt!” you have to stop at where you’re standing no matter what position you were doing.
Once the caller sees that you are moving or have fallen out of your position, you are out of the game.
This is a fast-paced game and you have to be very attentive to the words being said.
That makes Ein, Zwei, Drei . . . Halt! a good listening practice for German beginners.
Improve your German language skills with sports and physical games
Playing charades is a good technique to learn German phrases and also think directly in German.
Competitive exercises and sports also teach you friendship and even help you meet other Germans that are into the same hobby as you are.
If you like sports, you’ll be glad to know that Germans take pride in their skills in Fußball (football; also called soccer in some countries).
Another interactive spin on classic games that involve your body is to involve technology such as Nintendo Switch, XBOX, Playstation, or your PC.
Interactive games like board games to learn German
Board games aren’t outdated! They’re just not the first option for many language learners nowadays.
But if you look beyond the traditional aspects of a board game, then you’ll really love how fancy it is.
Word building games with an hourglass is a good practice to think of German phrases fast.
If you like logically thinking about solving problems and also relating them to German, then you will like a word search game.
A puzzle game to create German words will make your mind really think.
There are many classic versions of board games translated into German that you will also enjoy playing since you’re already familiar with them in your native language.
Virtual reality and learning languages
Technology has helped many children conceptualize a fantasy-adventure story, open-world games, and other exciting games in a very immersive method.
Today, you can use a virtual reality (VR) headset and an augmented reality (AR) environment to learn German.
Digital language learning games are available in different countries and the trend to keep learning this way may take off into other innovations.
Particularly, learning German this way might lessen the need to go and visit Germany.