Do You Watch Movies In Languages Other Than Your Own

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@pyewacket (44036)
United States
April 15, 2008 11:32pm CST
I happen to love the French language and did study it a bit while in college....I'm always vowing to myself to take it up again as I have a lot of language programs I can listen to. But one thing I do love to do on occasion and that's to watch some of the French movies I recorded over the years. Some of them are downright hysterical like one French classic...The Tall Blonde Man In The One Black Shoe--there was an English version done but sucked to be honest..nothing compared to the original French version. I also love the old French Classic, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (Belle et la bête) One of the great Spanish speaking movies I think is Like Water For ChocolateI sometimes even have a habit of switching the subtitle mode on my DVDs to the French...so watching Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and hearing the French takes a new meaning.. So do you love watching movies in languages other than your own, and which are some of your favorites?
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Since the only language I know is English, I'll only watch movies in the English language. I like to know what the ppl are saying in the movies.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Bonsoir, Madame, Comment allez-vous, et comment ça va les chats? Uh, that's Good Evening, how are you and how are your cats?"
• United States
16 Apr 08
The only part I understood was Bonsoir, Madame only because my dad used to say that to me when I was a child. I'm doing great. As for my kids..wellllll, they finally decided to go take a nap somewhere after pestering me for treats the last hr. They wanted the whole container instead of the 5 pieces they each get at a time. Tigger has been trying to get on here all day to talk to pyewacket again. lol Every time I get out of my chair, I come back to find him sitting in it with paws on the keyboard looking at the screen.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Well my Kissy is STILL sleeping in Pyewacket's private bed, annoying him no end, and Kissy is snoring a storm here....My I think Tigger is now addicted to talking on the computer now--do you think we both started something here with our furbabies?
• United States
16 Apr 08
I love watching films in their original language. It beats dubbing, especially bad dubbing. i got to see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in it's original language and it was great. I too studied French in school, but it was in highschool. I love French films. my two favorites are the Bride Wore Black and Day for Night.whenever I see a French film, I try to translate as I go along.It id fun.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I try to translate the French films too...ever see "Diva" great intriguing movie
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• United States
17 Apr 08
Oh yes. I finally got it on tape last year. It is great, Have you seen the movies Red, Blue, and White?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Alas nope, didn't see Red, Blue and White...good???
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 Apr 08
There is ONE move I loved and it was in Spanish. It has subtitles.. but I don't care about that. The name of the movie is "Like Water for Chocolate" Very good movie about forbidden love. I have seen it probably a dozen times or more.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Oh yes I LOVE that movie and even have the book (in English)---all those recipes she fixes in the movie are in the book as well...and sound heavenly
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
20 Apr 08
ut-oh... I must confess... as you might have noticed.. this is one of the RARE times I didn't read the entire discussion before responding.. otherwise I would have noticed BEFORE I responded that we have a movie favorite in common. I apologize.. It is a great movie. I have not read the book. I will have to look for it.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 Apr 08
LOL--no problem...hope you do get the book...it's great
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
19 Apr 08
well here in Quebec I can watch all the french movies I want free of charge but I don't usually watch them. The rare occasion and I mean really rare I will listen to something on french tv. Also, there is a big accent difference between Quebec french and French from Paris, I don't read or use subtitles and I am much more comfortable with Quebec French and sometimes have trouble understanding everything with French from France, they do use different words as well.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
That's odd...I say that, as I notice all DVD movies that have French Audio options say it's in Quebec French rather than French from France yet I've never really noticed any different when I listen to French films from France itself--I remember a funny story my French teacher in college told me...you see most people tend to think the French a bit snobby especially if you don't speak french one hundred percent accurate...well my teacher (who WAS from France) said that's really only true with Parisians as they tend to think they are almost a country unto themselves and are kind of perfectionistic about their language, yet non-Parisian French couldn't care less and will help a person who is non-French to speak it
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
19 Apr 08
okay look at it this way, american english is not the same as British english, spellings are different words are different, you baby where a diaper, theirs where a nappy. You go to the bathroom, they go to the loo etc, It is the same with quebec french and French from France, only quebec french is called jouelle, which is a mixture of english and french. And the are words that are different as well.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Yes I realize in a way how true that is...just like there are different dialects of Spanish...my mother for instance learned Castilian Spanish, while I learned "regular" or South American type Spanish...couldn't understand a darn word my mother was saying to me. LOL Oh, I used to know someone who was part Creole French...their french is entirely different too
• Malaysia
5 May 08
I watch mostly English movies which is not my own language as there are no movies in my own language haha. But i prefer English movies compared to other languages like Thai, Tagalog, Cantonese, Mandarin or Hindustan. Even if they have subtitles, i still prefer English movies. But when i watch movies in other languages, it is somehow interesting as you get to know some words spoken in their language. So by watching movies in other languages helps you learn a bit.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 May 08
Yes it's fun to be able to pick up a language just by listening to movies in that language--my grandfather learned English just by listening to the TV in English..he was Spanish speaking
• Malaysia
9 May 08
Wow pye. Glad to hear that about your grandfather. I wish i could watch spanish movie and learn Spanish .
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 Apr 08
No for I dont speak any good enough to do that got to be in english and hate subtitles
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
Subtitles can be annoying, but think it is a good way to learn another language--my Spanish speaking grandfather learned English solely by listening to English on the radio..and in that case no subtitles...hehee
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Apr 08
good for him and proud that he did now if more peopel would do that we would have more spanish people talking English
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@Darkwing (21588)
17 Apr 08
That's how I picked up German conversation skills. I spent three years in Germany and many of the movies shown there were English, with German subtitles. I had already learned the school stuff, which was not really helpful in conversations whilst in the country. I could understand what they were saying, but unable to think quick enough to put a sentence together verbally. Watching the films helped a lot, because I was able to work on the German Market at American Express, and from there, I went to Night School, to brush up. After two terms at the Night School, my teacher, a German woman, told me I was good enough to go live in Germany and get a job there, which was nice to hear. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@Darkwing (21588)
19 Apr 08
Ich bin sehr gut, bedanke mich bei Ihnen, meinem Freund. Wie geht es Ihnen? The problem at school was we learned all about home, and school, like, I get up and brush my teeth, shower and have breakfast. Then I go to school. Open the window, shut the window, here is a pen... all that stuff. It doesn't help one little iota when you go to Germany!
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
yup, my faves are grudge, and the ring, the asian version. i dont like movies in our country its soooooo cheesy! as in! the pacing, the dialogue, the acting,the effects if the show calls for it, etc they suck! thats why most filipino's prefer hollywood flicks over our local ones. they are generall well-crafted and the best. try watching a filipino movie and you'll know what i mean. most filipinos hate our local movies and soap opras. ugh. we'd rather see a foreign flick.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
OMG--you mean filipino movies are that bad? LOL---I've never watched any so can't really judge
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
yup, most are lousy, forgettable movies, but only a few are really good ones. it really depends on your taste though, if you're a filipino, its either you like them in general or not. coz movies and soap operas here are geared towards the majority masses which have cheesy taste,(sorry) specifically the lower C, D and E class. and ive noticed that since we were colonized by spain for like 300 years, we kinda "inherited" as well the way they act! i was surfing channels when i came across a mexican telenovela starring thalia (rosalinda). i watched for a little while and noticed the similarites regarding the way the spanish/latin actor acts and the way filipinos act. its dragging, excessively melodramatic, and the story can be slow paced. they are also very fond of this scene where the actors just look into the sky and emote/reminisce about the past for a couple of dragging minutes! there are alot of similar "non-dialogue" scenes that are tedious to watch. i never see those in hollywood flicks. the only slow paced hollywood movie that i watched was "meet joe black" starring brad pitt and anthony hopkins , and it was a great film although i did not like the ending, yes, its slow paced , but its not boring or melodramatic. i dunno what is considered as "cheesy" there in the states, but in here, filipino movies, well, almost all of them, in my opinion, are "cheesy".
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
16 Apr 08
It has literally been years since I watched a movie in any other language than English, pyewacket, but I once enjoyed it. I do occasionally get to see movies that contain quite a bit of Spanish or French and I'm desperately struggling to keep up with what is going on since my language skills are quite rusty. For some reason I maintained more Spanish than French even though I took Spanish in high school. I really love languages and admire anyone who is disciplined enough to learn to speak them fluently. I've heard so much about the movie Like Water For Chocolate that I'm going to make the effort to see it sometime soon.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Apr 08
It's funny in a way....I actually studied more Spanish than French, but I'm the opposite of you..I remember more French! Long story but think I developed a mental block about Spanish..LOL...When in school my mother studied Spanish, but for some reason they taught her Castillian Spanish...the lispy kind?? Well then when I was learning I would try to speak Spanish to my mother but she would constantly correct me like crazy with the Castillian dialect...and half the time I couldn't understand her! She kept telling me "Abrir la boca" Open your mouth to enunciate..she's telling me this while speaking the lispy Spanish..LOL..Yeesh. So maybe since I didn't have anyone "correct" my pronunciation of French, I enjoyed it better...hehee
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
19 Apr 08
One year our class performed an entire play speaking only Spanish because the professor believed in total immersion. It was great fun and I played a character by the name of Salome. He even planned to take us on a trip to Mexico but the stuffy school board would not approve it at the last minute.
• United States
16 Apr 08
I like watching movies in other languages. Two of my favorite movies, Like Water For Chocolate and Pan's Labyrinth, are in Spanish. I've watched movies in French, Russian, Chinese and Japanese too. I don't mind reading subtitles, because I like hearing the actors speak with their natural voices even if I don't always understand what they're saying.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Yes isn't Like Water For Chocolate great? The book is good....thankfully translated into English...the book includes some of the recipes the woman makes in it
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• United States
18 Apr 08
Yes, I really liked the book too.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 Apr 08
I've worked in Germany and speak the Language..after 20 years,though,it's getting a little rusty! Not many German movies make it to UK TV,but I enjoyed "Run,Lola,Run" ("Lola Lauft") when it was on recently..A Series called "Heimat" a few years ago, was the first (subtitled) German language series I'd seen here,following the life of the generations of a Family,partly from the story of one of the 2 sons returning from WWII as a pilot,and a boy of the next Generation becoming a modern Composer.. I think a movie works best in its original language (with subtitles if needed)..you get the emotional feel of the movie as it was intended,and it would help Language students! "Beverly Hills Cop" came out when I was in Germany,and a German dubbed motormouthing Eddie Murphy was hard to Follow! I was visiting in the US when "Amelie" came out,and went to see it with my significant other..We're still together,and I now have the DVD..I'm also trying to learn Spanish,and recently bought the "Mariachi" trio of movies on DVD.I enjoyed the recent series of Chinese Movies that made it to cinemas here.."Crouching Tiger" was amazing!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
One movie I wanted to watch was one of the classic German films Das Boot--unfortunately it was a dubbed version in English so just didn't sound right --so wound up not watching the whole thing
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 08
Thanks for the reminder! I'd never seen all of "Das Boot"..must keep an eye out for it.. I'd recommend "Delicatessen" if you liked Amelie..
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• United States
16 Apr 08
Yes I do. I often watch movies in German that way I will not lose being my ability of being bilingual in another language.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Guten Tag...Wie geht es Ihnen? Hehe..I studied a bit of German too many years ago myself
• United States
17 Apr 08
Wie scheon (no umlaut on my typewriter)
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
Yes I have, in fact my kids and I love it so much, its an Iranian movie, their first ever movie that won an international award. Its the 1997 Children of Heaven, the plot is so simple, that you don't even have to read the subtitles. The other one is a japanese movie about a blind samurai of which the title I can't recall.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Children of Heaven must be really good if it won an international award...hope to see it sometime
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
17 Apr 08
Check IMDb for "Bacheha-Ye aseman", I forgot to mention, my kids are in preschool so you'll have an idea how simple the story is.
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
oh yes! i like cinema paradiso, an italian old film. i use to watch these chines movies over our cable network for free but now they are charging extra to watch some channels. i also stumble upon some french movies over the cable network.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I sure wish I still had cable as that is how I was able to watch a lot of foreign films....they used to have a French film festival every Friday night on one channel...another French film that is great is "Diva"--ever see that? I have that taped
• Philippines
17 Apr 08
no, i have not watched it and i hope to catch it in cable.
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• United States
16 Apr 08
I do like watching movies in other languages. I can't think of any right now but I know I have seen a handfull of them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Which languages do you listen too?
• United States
16 Apr 08
there normally in chineese,Japanese or freanch.
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• Philippines
5 May 08
you are right.I have heard about hose movies.Me, i rather watch chinese movies in chinese language.I just read subtitles
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 May 08
It certainly helps to have the subtitles for foreign movies but nice to hear the original language
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
5 May 08
Hi pyewacket, I do watch movies in other languages than my own as long as they have a subtitle at the bottem so I know what's going on and I understand it. I think the best movie I've seen like this was Ong Bak.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 May 08
I really do enjoy watching movies in another language than my own...gives one a sense of another culture
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• Philippines
29 Apr 08
yes, of course. i dont restrict myself in learning and exploring other languages aside my own. i regularly watched Japanese, Korean, Taiwan dramas. im comfortable watching in subs so i have no problem watching and reading. hmmm...i watch French movies occasionally. i really, really love the movie A very Long Engagement. i watched it in cinema. recently i watched Russian movie Day watch and its pretty good. i happen to know that its a very popular novel in Russia. then, i love watching fairy tales in Italian. hehehe! i love how they translate the English song in Italian. my faves are the soundtrack of the movie The Enchanted! its so good!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
30 Apr 08
It really is fun to watch movies other than in ones own language and is a great opportunity to learn the different language as well right?
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
I watch Korean and Japanese movies a lot. But I only watch it if there's a subtitle because I can't understand Korean and Japanese.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I think next time I get a chance would love to watch Korean and Japanese movies, never done that yet
• India
21 Apr 08
i love to watch movies in other languages without subtitles and try to make out what they're saying its really fun also i take japnese horror movies seriously they're great
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Sometimes one can make out what is going on in a movie without subtitles and yes it is fun to do