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Word games can pay off

Wordle, the five-letter online word game, has become a worldwide addiction, but as well as being the way many of us now start our day, it also appears to have a place in learning English.

As reported in, writer Anjoo Sharon Navin explains: “Vocabulary quiz games, crossword puzzles and the recent popularity of the word game has garnered success and made people belonging to different age groups develop a new penchant for learning new English vocabulary words.”

Researchers at Talking Hull, part of the University of Hull, agree, telling the site: “Language learning can be ‘high stakes’ or pressurised and games can help with this. People can often feel stressed when learning languages, particularly if English is studied as an academic subject and their future progress depends on learning the language.”

However, the nature of games, with motivational words when you get the correct answer and no penalty if you don’t, take the pressure off. 

Of course, no one is suggesting you can become fluent in English by playing word games, but it could be another way of increasing vocabulary, one Wordle at a time.

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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