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I wonder are games like Arkham horror which have many text to read are good to use when playing with non native english speakers to help them get use to the language ?

Or would games like Ticket to Ride with minimal text be better instead by which the act of describing the rules and the back and fourth of asking how to play the game be a better tool instead

Are there any other games/way that would help ?

 
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I don't think that text on cards or on a board is the best way.

Go for a story telling game or even a role playing game. Talking is the best way to learn a foreign language.
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PzVIE wrote:
I don't think that text on cards or on a board is the best way.
Go for a story telling game or even a role playing game. Talking is the best way to learn a foreign language.

Agreed. I haven't played it, but Dixit: Journey is a possibility, for example (though probably not recommended when just beginning to learn a new language, as a fairly rich vocabulary is necessary).
 
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Is your goal to get them to read it or speak it?

If you're trying to get them to read, sure. If you're trying to just get them to speak, I'd go with a negotiation game, where they can try to communicate based on very general and utility focused terms like "I want", "Do you have", "I need" etc.

You might want to consider Catan. Has a high fun factor, and lots of communication.

Of course, it also depends on how advanced these people are. What is the level we're talking about here?
 
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Depends on the current language level of the learners. I tend to agree with earlier comments that games with lots of text on cards is not the best approach. Speech/conversation practice seems more useful.

Once Upon A Time can be a good one. (It can be used as a pastime/exercise too, without the competitive structure.)

Dixit can be good.

For more basic vocabulary/memory practice, something like Dobble = Spot It forces you to remember words quickly. If you're really focused on vocabulary learning instead of conversation, then any word game (Scrabble, Boggle, My Word, etc).

Generally any "normal" game can be useful as people generally talk during gaming, and it's fun to talk about something you all know and enjoy. Learning basic gaming expressions like "It's your turn", "John is winning", etc is useful for gamers.

For more advanced practice, negotiation games might be useful (e.g. Settlers of Catan) but if the learners don't already understand speech pretty well, they may find it frustrating and un-fun (someone else always accepts an offer before the learner even understands what is being offered). (Speaking from experience here when I played Settlers a couple times in Polish several years ago...)


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You created a duplicate of this thread:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/814016/games-which-helps...
so you could delete that duplicate (which doesn't yet have comments).

EDITED to clarify that Dobble = Spot It.
 
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Apples to Apples is a good one for learning synonyms
 
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Why not try Spot It? It's a picture matching game and it's helpful especially when I babysit the kids
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