Influent is a language learning video game that focuses on vocabulary learning through the activation of your spatial memory.
As a gamer myself, I’ve been longing for a video game that can help me improve my language skills, so the moment I came across the game I knew I had to write an article about it!
The game comes in 20 different languages three of which are free to play, Italian, Korean, Japanese. The paid languages include English, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazil, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, and Danish.
How does learning happen?
The game starts in the apartment of our character. Language exists everywhere and this is what influent is taking advantage of. By exploring your surrounding and clicking on objects you will start discovering the words to describe that object in your chosen language. From clothes and furniture to kitchenware, the game offers a wide range of elementary and intermediate vocabulary.
Each word that you discover can be added to your study set and each study set can be practised through the two available games. Here’s an example of the interactive word to image matching game!
Influent is serious about your language learning and for this reason, its noun is associated with a verb, adjective, or adverb. This way students can learn common collocations with the target nouns. On top of that, there’s the phonemic script for each word so that the students can work on improving their pronunciation.
Will I become fluent just by playing the game?
You can download and install the base version of the game (including the three free languages) from steam for free.
The additional languages cost 10 euros each which I think it’s a very reasonable price for a game that it took the creators hours to develop.
In a nutshell, I liked influent. It’s a work of passion and it deserves some recognition because it can definitely help. It gives us the tools to improve and our responsibility is to commit to the game and realise how it can help us improve realistically.
What about you? Have you downloaded the game and if yes do you feel it has helped you improve? Let me know in the comments sections below!
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