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 rare cards: Harvest Season.

The Card Name:

Harvest Season

  • to harvest (verb) – to gather/collect something, usually crops (plants grown to be food).

e.g. “We harvested the wheat last year, to save it for the winter. ”

Synonyms: to reap, to pick, to collect.

 

  • Harvest Season (noun) – the time of the year when the crops are fully grown, and ready to be gathered. Usually in the months of October and November.

(The card name is probably also a reference to the  Season of the Harvest, the third and final season of the Ancient Egyptian calendar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season_of_the_Harvest)

 

Eagle-eyed readers may also notice that these mentions of crops being harvested, or reaped, in a certain correct season or time determined by the position of the sun, connects back in some interesting ways to the main storyline of the Amonkhet block…

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The Flavour Text:

A true reflection of nature: death fostering life.

 

  • a reflection (noun) = a repeated image or copy, seen in another place or context.

e.g “His organised desk was a reflection of his orderly personality”

Synomyns: mirror image, likeness.

 

  • to foster (verb) = to help something else to develop or grow.

e.g. “A teacher’s job is to foster children’s learning.”

Synonyms: to encourage, to cultivate, to nurture.

 

 

What do you think?:

1. Is this a good card?

2. How do you think it connects to the overall Amonkhet story?

3. Would you play “Harvest Season” in EDH? With what Commander?

 

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