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: Sandwurm Convergence.
The Card Name:
- a convergence – a place where things (in this case, Sandwurms) meet, join, or connect.
e.g. “There was a convergence of storm clouds over Paris yesterday. ”
Synonyms: intersection, confluence, meeting point.
The Flavour Text:
- cantankerous (adjective) = often angry and difficult to deal with.
e.g “I don’t visit John’s house often – his father is a bit cantankerous.”
Synomyns: grouchy, grumpy, cranky, crabby.
- territorial (adjective) = aggressively defending a place (or sometimes a thing) you own.
e.g. “My dog is a bit territorial about our garden, so be careful when you come in the gate. ”
Synonyms: defensive, protective, jealous.
- to claim(verb) = to try to take something for yourself.
e.g. “Paul claimed the last pizza slice, and nobody stopped him.”
Synonyms: to take, to demand, to requisition.
What do you think?:
1. Is this a good card?
2. Does this card make you think of Dune?
3. Would you play “Sandwurm Convergence” in EDH? With what Commander?