Magic the Gathering is an international game, with players all over the world. Most of the game’s product is in English – why not take advantage of that to help in your language learning? There’s plenty of interesting vocabulary on a Magic card!
For example, here’s some of the words and phrases an English-learner can get from one of Amonkhet’s big name rare cards: Cascading Cataracts.
The Card Name:
- to cascade (verb) – to move downwards like water, very quickly and powerfully (like a waterfall).
e.g. “I spilled my bottle, and water cascaded down the stairs.”
Synonyms: pour,gush, surge.
- Cataracts – a series of large and powerful waterfalls, the most famous being the ones on the river Nile in Egypt.
The Flavour Text:
“The power that flows here cannot be denied. But where is the source?” – Nissa Revane
- to flow (verb) = to move like water.
e.g “The river flows to the sea.”
Synomyns: to run, to course, to stream.
- to deny (verb) = to say that something doesn’t exist or isn’t true.
e.g. “Mary said Paul was sleeping with Susie, but he denied it.”
Synonyms: to counter, to contradict, to repudiate.
- source (noun) = where something begins or starts.
e.g “A broken wire was the source of the problem.”
Synonyms: origin, genesis, starting point.
What do you think?:
1. Is this a good card?
2. What uses can you think of for an indestructible land?
3. Would you play Cascading Cataracts in EDH? With what Commander?