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June 6, 2013
22:09
Aizlyne
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I have heard many times that I should watch films in my target language as a way of learning. But my question is this:

 

Is it more useful to watch the film with English subtitles? Or just watch and try to learn from context. I would think that watching without subtitles, most people would be able to understand what's going on in a film, even if the acting is bad. However, is this really helpful for learning specifics? I may know that a character is angry, but without knowledge of specific words, I won't know what he is angry about.  Does anyone have any insight on this?

 

Thanks!

 

-Aiz

 

 

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June 8, 2013
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I say you should be patient and take it in steps.

Start with English subtitles, trying to work out the words in your target language. Then, as you get quicker with reading and hearing comprehension, switch to subtitles in your target language.

Eventually, drop the subtitles entirely. For me this part will never be easy confused

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June 8, 2013
17:12
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I have found watching movies I have already seen in English dubbed into Spanish has helped me a lot.  For example, I am a big fan of superhero movies, so I found Batman dubbed into Spanish and I loved it.  I could understand almost every word, and since I was already familiar with the script in English, I could guess at a lot of what I didn't know precisely.  It's not necessarily easy, but I avoid using the subtitles, however, if you use them, I suggest using the in your target language, not in your native language.  Give it a shot and let us know how it goes!

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June 9, 2013
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Thank you both for your replies!

 

I watched a film last night in my target language with no subtitles or dubbing at all. It was an interesting experiment. The film was one I'd never seen before, but despite that and only understanding the literal meaning of about 10% of the words, I understood enough through context to enjoy the film and understand what was going on. I think I will back-pedal a bit though, and try with subtitles in my target language, as well as watching films I've already seen dubbed in my target language . I think that might be a more useful way of learning.

 

-Aiz

"Well Mike, I calculated the odds of me succeeding verses the odds I was doing something incredibly stupid and...I went ahead and did it anyway." ~Crow T. Robot, 'MST3K'
June 10, 2013
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I'd also suggest to watch with English subtitles first, then again with subtitles in your target language and then to drop the subtitles eventually. So you better find some good movies, because otherwise it's hard to watch them more than once.

 

I'm doing the same right now. Last week I bought a dozen of Israeli movies to hear some more Hebrew. Unfortunately a lot of these DVDs don't provide subtitles in Hebrew. It's either German with German subtitles or Hebrew with German subtitles or no subtitles at all. No Hebrew subtitles. I guess I have to buy DVDs that were made for the Israeli market and not movies FROM Israel. So for now I will watch the movies without subtitles, which has the advantage that I can focus on listening, because sometimes I find it hard to focus on what is spoken when I'm busy reading subtitles, especially when the subtitles are not in the same language.

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June 11, 2013
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I would love to watch Hindi language movies with Hindi subtitles, but I can't seem to find any.All the subtitles are in English or Spanish (Or one of the other Indian languages) If anyone knows of any Hindi films that also have Hindi subtitles, you would be my new favorite person.laugh

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June 11, 2013
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I'm not an expert on Hindi movies but doesn't it depend on the version of the DVD? I think DVD's that are made for the Hindi-speaking market should provide Hindi subtitles, no?!

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June 11, 2013
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You'd think that, but so far no luckconfused

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June 17, 2013
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