Are subtitles helpful for language learning?

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Since I started watching movies and tv-series in original language with subtitles in the original language my language skills quickly improved. For example, when I started watching English tv-series with English subtitles I noticed that after a while I didn't even need the subtitles to understand the speech.


Also, I'm curious. How is it in your country, are foreign movies dubbed or are there subtitles?

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Hello Olga, you are totally right, since I began to watch series or movies with the subtitles, my french begin to improve so much, so this is a really usefull tool, but in my country Colombia it was normaly to have the movies with subtitles, more or less since the past year most of the movies are dubbed.

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I also enjoy watching movies in the original language even if I don't speak the language.

I love the French cinema. Watching dubbed French movies would not be the same as watching them with subtitles (in English in my case, as I don't speak French)

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I like watching movies and series with subtitles. Even though its an english movie or series because sometimes I still encounter words that I don't know the meaning. So what I do is I try to search their meanings in google while I hit the pause button. :)

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thats how I learned English. ☺️

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Interesting. I find that subtitles in L2 help my reading improve, but distract my listening. When I'm watching something, I'm trying to get better at listening, so I don't use them anymore.

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My daughter wants subtitle every time she watch her favorite cartoons. It really helps her to learn the English language. 

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I’m embarking on the journey because I want to travel to at least 10 non English speaking countries by 25 and also for the job opportunities that it makes you qualified for. 

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Subtitles are a very useful tool but be aware they can be wrong or shortened or said in a different manner si it is no good for learning word for word replacement but in general mean the same thing. It's also important to note humour doesn't often translate exactly and with languages like English there is often an underlying inference we also use a lot of sarcasm. As a listening and submersion tool subtitles are a highly valuable resource but for studying not so good.

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Subtitles work for me but if I overthink about them I get distracted. I watch Korean films and drama and sometimes find myself not even looking at the subtitles and I can still understand what they're saying but when I focus on the subtitles, overthinking, I get dizzy. :)


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It´s true they can distract, it depends too of each person, but it´s also true that they are a really usefull tool for write and for learn new words, of course each one has the way to learn who works better.

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I love watching Korean, Indian and spanish movies in English subtitles. 

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Khadijah.Davis wrote:

Subtitles work for me but if I overthink about them I get distracted. I watch Korean films and drama and sometimes find myself not even looking at the subtitles and I can still understand what they're saying but when I focus on the subtitles, overthinking, I get dizzy. :)

lol sometimes I overthink too, or just start thinking for myself "that wasn't a correct translation" and how I would translate the phrase

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Frederick.Dizon wrote:

My daughter wants subtitle every time she watch her favorite cartoons. It really helps her to learn the English language.

Both of mine went through a phase of that crying if they weren't available , but both if mine are English reading English sub's ! 

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Frederick.Dizon wrote:

My daughter wants subtitle every time she watch her favorite cartoons. It really helps her to learn the English language.

How old is she? It's great that she is interested in reading the subtitles.

My oldest wouldn't bother doing it  

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Jade.Xuereb wrote:

Both of mine went through a phase of that crying if they weren't available , but both if mine are English reading English sub's !

Yup, same thing.

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Olga.Cygnel wrote:

How old is she? It's great that she is interested in reading the subtitles.

My oldest wouldn't bother doing it

She's 8. Every time she hears/read a word that she don't understand, she will ask for the meaning.

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I like having subtitles. I view them as an aid, not a distraction. I like having a clear, instant view of the dialogue in case I miss something.I don't think they distract me from the image at all. I don't completely look away from the visuals on screen, I just kind of watch both at the same time, some how.

I can help with Russian and Ukrainian languages

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Oxana.Salij wrote:

I like having subtitles. I view them as an aid, not a distraction. I like having a clear, instant view of the dialogue in case I miss something.I don't think they distract me from the image at all. I don't completely look away from the visuals on screen, I just kind of watch both at the same time, some how.

Same here. Maybe at first you will struggle having it while watching.

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That is how i learnt english..

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