English4Gamers – Episode 9 – Donkey Kong Country

Last Tuesday Richard published the 9th episode of English4Gamers. Unfortunately, I was a bit busy last week 😦 and I didn’t manage to share it with you. As always, I wrote a vocabulary list and I suggest that you read it before watching the video. This time, we decided to play Donkey Kong Country, a 1994 platforming videogame published by Nintendo. The game is set on an island and the protagonists are Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong. They must recover their stolen hoard of bananas stolen by the Kremlings (anthropomorphic crocodilians). You can test your listening skills with a fill in the gaps exercise.

VOCABULARY 

CROCODILE: croc-th

TO PICK: to take something with your fingers; to gather together; to collect.
They were picking strawberries last week.

TO DEFEAT: to win against someone in a fight, war, or competition.
We must be ready to defeat our enemies in battle.

TO ROLL: to move forward while turning over and over.
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BARREL: barrel

STORYLINE: the plot of a book, film, play, etc.

SUPPLY: the amount of something that is available to be used.
Ex. We have three months’ supply of tuna to eat.

RHINO: rhinoceros.
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TO SWITCH: to make a change from one thing to another.
Ex. After the bank robbery, the gang switched cars.

ROPE: a strong, thick string that is made by twisting many thin strings or fibres together.
Ex. She made a knot in the rope.
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TO SWING: to move backwards and forward or from side to side while hanging from something.
swing

WASP: a flying insect, often black and yellow, that can sting.
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BEE: a yellow and black flying insect that makes honey and can sting you.
bee

TIP: a useful suggestion.
Bob gave us some tips about travelling in Italy.

CAVE: a hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface.
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SWORDFISH: 12065772261888188981yves_guillou_swordfish_1.svg.med.png

Downloadable PDF version: English4Gamers Episode 9 Donkey Kong County

Fill in the gaps in the following sentences with the correct words:

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  1. R: I finished it _______________times.
  2. R: What kind of _______________ do we have here?
  3. R: Basically, you are versus _______________.
  4. A: How many_______________do we have?
  5. A: How can you _______________ enemies?
  6. R: Or you jump over them or you _______________.

  7. A: Is there a _________________?
  8. R: You are Donkey Kong. You live in this_______________. One day, this crocodile, the Crocodile King came to your island and stole all your bananas.
  9. A: Yeah … My secret supply of _______________ hidden somewhere … He’s found it and …
  10. R: It’s a _______________ hard game, I must say.
  11. R: When you _______________ three of them … oh … I’ve just failed … When you pick three of them you gain a bonus _______________ where you can get more lives.
  12. A: But it’s difficult. I cannot see _______________.
  13. R: This is the first _______________, you have to collect four of them.
  14. A: I don’t like _______________ … This is _______________ rain. I want a sunny day.
  15. A: No, the big one is a _______________.
  16. R: This is a _______________, right? Not a bee.
  17. A: Bees are really nice and _______________ actually.
  18. A: Did you just _______________ at the exit?
  19. A: I like that they’re _______________ together.
  20. R: This is our _______________ probably, who give you tips and …
  21. R: This is a _______________ – level.
  22. A: You have to take your _______________.

Downloadable PDF version (without answers):English4Gamers – Episode 9 – Donkey Kong Country – Fill in the gaps

Downloadable PDF version (answers):English4Gamers Donkey Kong Country Answers

 

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English4Gamers – Episode 8 – Doom

The 8th episode of English4Gamers is finally out! I suggest that you take a look at the vocabulary list before watching it ;-). This time, Richard and I decided to play Doom, a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game. If you want to test your listening comprehension, you can try to fill in the gaps with the correct words in the sentences below the video. You can download a PDF version of the video & the answers.

VOCABULARY LIST - episode 8 - English4Gamers - Free English Materials For You - Doom.jpg

TO GUIDE = to accompany (a sightseer) to show points of interest and to explain their meaning or significance.
Ex. He guided her to the front row and sat beside her.

TO RELEASE = to make available to the public.
Ex. The band’s latest album will be released next week.

TO BLEED = to lose blood.
Ex. She was bleeding from the face and hands.

BY THE WAY = used in speech to introduce a statement or question that may or may not relate to the current topic of conversation.
Ex.  By the way, have you received that letter yet?

AMMO = objects that can be shot from a weapon, such as bullets or shells.

ACCURATE = precise; able to produce results that are correct.
Ex. The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.

Free downloadable PDF version: English4Gamers – episode 8 – Doom – Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps in the following sentences with the correct words from the box:

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  1. RICHARD: With the blue button you _____________.
  2. RICHARD: With the green button you ___________ weapon.
  3. ANNA: There was like an __________________ and it went wrong. So there are these ___________________ people walking around.
  4. ANNA: It’s like … I’m ________________ to playing it on my __________________ and it’s so different.
  5. RICHARD: Go in __________________ of the stairs and press only the forward button.

  6. ANNA: Here there is a secret _____________________ I’m sure.
  7. RICHARD: Go _________________, on the left side. There should be a secret room.
  8. RICHARD: This is the first secret. There are two ______________________.
  9. RICHARD: Your nose is ___________________ by the way.
  10. ANNA: I’m __________________. Look at my face, full of blood and wounds.
  11. ANNA: I want the ______________________.
  12. ANNA: We need another weapon. This is not __________________________.
  13. ANNA: Go straight on and up the stairs. Go through the room with the ________________ to the lift.
  14. ANNA: I think so … To the _______________ and travel __________________. So you have to take a lift.
  15. ANNA: That’s an imp. You see that he has _____________________ on his shoulders and on his elbows.
  16. RICHARD: Yes, they are really ___________________ by the way.

Free downloadable PDF version (without answers):English4Gamers – Episode 8 – Fill in the gaps exercise (without answers)

Free downloadable PDF version (answers) : English4Gamers – Episode 8 – Answers

 

 

 

English4Gamers – Episode 4 – Street Fighter II

In this episode, we continue playing Street Fighter II. At the beginning, there is a vocabulary list with all the words you will hear and maybe you don’t know. During the episode, you will have to answer some questions. If you have any suggestions, write them in the comments below ;-). If you just want to watch the video, without testing your knowledge, click here: Richard Retro Channel

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English4Gamers – Episode 3 – Super Mario Bros (Listening comprehension)

In this episode, we play again Super Mario Bros. At the beginning, there is a vocabulary list  – you can find a printable version below -with all the words you will hear and maybe you don’t know. During the episode, you will have to answer some questions. If you have any suggestions, write them in the comments below. I know I have to speak louder ;-). We filmed this weeks ago, now I’m a bit better (at least, I hope so). If you just want to watch the video, without testing your knowledge, click here: Episode without the quiz.

Interactive English  Quiz - Listening - English4Gamers - Free English Materials For You

Downloadable PDF – Vocabulary list: Vocabulary list – English4Gamers – Episode 3 – Super Mario Bros

The second episode of English4Gamers is out!

In this episode, we are going to play Street Fighters II Turbo, another retro game. At the beginning of the video, you will learn some words you may not know. Then, while watching the episode, you will have to answer to some questions. I hope you will like it ;-).

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If you just want to watch the video, without the quiz, you can watch it here:

Words you will hear and you may not know:

  • TO KICK SOMEONE’S ASS= to beat someone in a game, competition or argument.
  • PUNCH = a quick hit with your fist.punch.jpg
  • KICK = an act of hitting someone or something with your foot.kick.png

  • UNFAIR = not fair; not right; not acceptable.
  • BEAM = a line of light coming from a source.
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  • MONK = a member of a religious community.
  • OPPONENT = adversary; a person, team, group, etc., that is competing against another in a contest.

 

Listening activity – English4Gamers

Watch the first episode of English for gamers and fill in the gaps with the missing words

  1. A: You are the good gamer […] you __________________.
  2. A: He ____________________ . I _____________ like ten times.
  3. R: I didn’t get the ____________ score. That’s ________.
  4. A: So, this is a _________ of cake.
  5. R: With the flower you can _________________ fire.
  6. R: You have ____________  the second controller.
  7. R: Can you say it? Restart? That ____________  like Richard.
  8. R: You are too ____________ you can’t break it _____________ now.
  9. A: I _____________  my ________________. […] I would like you _____________ me when there is a mushroom somewhere maybe.
  10. R: Time is running ___________.
  11. A: These creatures are blue. What’s the __________________?
  12. R: There is no light so it’s all in ___________________.
  13. R: On the sides of the ______________ the game doesn’t exist. So if you go ____________________, you can’t go back.
  14. R: How do you say it? The ______________ on the back of the turtles?
  15. A: You _______________________  fun of me.
  16. A: Okay guys, __________ _____ it for today. So … See you next week!

Downloadable PDF file: Episode 1 – English4Gamers – Fill in the gaps

Answers: Episode 1 – English4Gamers – Fill in the gaps – Answers

The first video is out! – English4Gamers – Super Mario Bros

You can find a vocabulary list below the video 😉 (you can download it as PDF file).

Vocabulary list

  • Gamer => a person who plays games and especially video or computer games.
  • Fake => not real, but made to look or seem real.
  • Score => the number of points someone gets in a game or test.
  • A piece of cake => something that is very easy to do.
  • To configure => to arrange or prepare (something) so that it can be used
  • Controller => a device or piece of equipment used to operate a machine, vehicle, or system. controller meaning.png
  • To restart (that sounds  like Richard ahahahh) = to make (something) start again after it has stopped.
  • Mushroom =>mushroom super mario.jpg
  • To run out => to finish; to come to an end.
  • Darkness => a state in which there is little or no light.darkness.jpg
  • Brick => brick meaning.png
  • Quote => to repeat (something that is written or said by another person) exactly.
  • Screen => the part of a television or computer that shows images or writing.screen meaning.png
  • To cheat => to break a rule or law usually to gain an advantage at something.
  • Spike => a long, thin rod that ends in a point and is often made of metal.
  • To skip => to not do something that you usually do.

Vocabulary list first episode English4Gamers (in English)
Lista dei vocaboli inglese-italiano primo episodio English4Gamers

Richard’s questions:

  1. Can you say “restart” in English?
    Yes, you totally can ;-)!
  2. How do you pronounce “delete”?
    You say it like this : /dɪˈliːt/