Mind Your Language: French is a Improvement game available on the DS.
Mind Your Language: French is a Improvement game. Self improvement games tap into the popular trend in exercise, workouts and therapy. Experiences as diverse as Brain Training on Nintendo DS and Wii-Fit on the Nintendo Wii have popularised the idea that games can be about more than just having fun - they can improve your brain, body and even mental outlook on life.
We have our reporters and community keeping an eye on Mind Your Language: French for you, and we'll keep you up to date with the latest developments as they happen.
If my French teacher really attempted to teach French like this, unfortunately I wouldn't be recommending them to anyone! Luckily this is just a DS game, and while it does have some educational value, I feel that it falls short of my expectations in many ways. As well as being a parent of a teen who is learning languages at school, I'm also fairly fluent in French, and a trained teacher myself, so I was really interested to try one of these games alongside my daughter.
The game begins with a character creation, which seemed totally unnecessary in a language tutor game! The character is so small during gameplay that you can't really even see the characteristics that you've chosen, but no matter, kids enjoy these things and it only takes a few minutes to get your character ready to go.
Mind Your Language joins Ubisoft's My Language Coach series as the first titles to bring linguistic brain training to the DS. If offers a more fleshed out video game with language learning elements, as against My French Coach's thouroughgoing language lesson focus.
Self improvement games tap into the popular trend in self development and therapy. Experiences as diverse as Brain Training DS and Wii-Fit have popularised the idea that games can be about more than just having fun - they can improve your brain, body and even mental outlook on life.
Our video game coverage is driven by our columnists. We have tracked down people we think have engaging or unusual perspectives on video games. We then present each of then in their own minisite. You can browse each of these via the Column menu on each page or visit the Columns page.
If you aren't sure which of our columnists you like, you can dip into our stream of Reviews, Articles, Blogs and News. Or maybe try your luck with reviews for a particular Console, Genre or Play style.
Each column is an easy way to follow our writers. They focus on a particular perspective and offer hand crafted anecdotal reivews.
The best place to start depends on how you play games and what sort of person you are: