Do you still need English subtitles when you watch an English movie?

@zhaychel (610)
United Arab Emirates
November 8, 2008 1:07pm CST
I was with my pregnant friend last week. She asked me to accompany her to watch the latest movie. As the movie was starting, my friend clicked the subtitle menu and she chose ENGLISH SUBTITLE. So I asked her why need that subtitle thing where in fact we understand English very much and she told me that some actors in the movie eat their words so its very difficult to understand clearly what they're talking about. And I think she made sense in her answers but i found it weird because that was the first time I saw somebody watching an English movie still with subtitle with it. DO YOU PRACTICE THAT TOO?
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37 responses
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
When I watch a movie, I prefer to hide the subtitles of the movie. Because I find it very distracting and can always catch my attention. And lost my focus in the movie. But if I watch movies other than English, like for example a non-english movie of jackie chan or jet li, I would enable the subtitle so that I can read what they're saying and understand it.
@anikakim (364)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
I also love watching English with subtitles especially musical because I can sing. You're friend is right their some movie character eat their words. Like British accents. The problem is your reading and you cannot catch up the movie because your attention is on the subtitle. Right?
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• China
9 Nov 08
well.I try not to use the subtitles when i am watching English movies.English is my sencond language.I am not good in English.that is why. but i will watch one moive more than 2 or 3times.then i do know what they are talking ;-)
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
9 Nov 08
You just gave me a GREAT idea!! All these years, I could've found out what that line in that Bruce Springstein song is which SOUNDS more or less like, "wrapped up lika a doozher innathur roaner ah the night!" Someone once claimed it was SUPPOSED to be: "Revved up like a deuce (coup) another runner in the night." but with SUBTITLES, I could be SURE! LOL! Anyone recall the title of that tune? I CAN'T be the only person who couldn't decipher that line!! Maggiepie
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Yes I find some actors tend to mumble, so I do use the subtitles more often now. And there are times with the added music, their mumbling is even worse.
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• India
8 Nov 08
Practically speaking in most of the movies I don't need subtitles but in some movies when some dialogues are hazy or unclear or buried under debris of other noise and if anyone in the movie speaking so fast that I can't catch it (cuz my mother tongue is not english) then I need subtitles.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
9 Nov 08
LOL! For a person whose "mother tongue is not English," you certainly know well enough how to sling the SLANG! "Cuz." That is so cute! Maggiepie
• United States
9 Nov 08
I love the subtitle button, if I'm watching a movie I'll put it on there just because I can't turn it up too loud. Plus, I taught my son how to read with the subtitle feature, he would watch cartoons as a little kid and he would sit in front of the television so I just thought it would be nice for him to know what they were saying. When he started to read at age two and carry on conversations I knew he was gifted with gab and reading stuff on tv helped him.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
My boyfriend does the same thing, he wont watch a movie without the subtitles. I dont know why, he gets so mad if the subtitles are not available. That is weird why do they do that
• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Wow, that particular!
@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
I still like to have english subtitle when i watch english movie inorder to understand easily what they are talking for their words spoken that are not clear to hear. However their are also times that i dont want subtitle for the subtitle make more complicated to read for it does not correspond to what they speak in the movie. The grammar and the spelling are all wrong.
• United States
9 Nov 08
no. i dont think english subtitles are necessary for english movies. they pull your concentration away from the screen. also since my first language is not english, i would prefer no subtitles since it can improve my understanding on how pronounciations are done.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 09
Dear zhaychel, Normally I don't. However, if those English movies with strong accents like the British and Australian, it will be good to have subtitle do confirm what they are saying. This is definitely a plus point especially those movies that required us to listen very carefully to the conversations in order to understand the plot and the twist of the story Normally DVDs will have subtitles even though it is an English movie. My husband like it very much! Cheers and do keep in touch!
@ptrikha_2 (10362)
• India
2 Jun 09
While I do not as such need Translation for English Movies; due to the fact that I am not a native English Speaker ; subtitles help in understanding finer accent variations in an English Movie and we do not skip on any important dialog . regards
• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Hi zhaychel, Unless the cast is speaking too fast about non-obvious, non-straight forward topics, I am usually fine, assuming they don't have strong accents. But if there are subtitles anyway, I tend to read them anyway. I agree with what your friend said - some people eat their words while speaking lol.
• United States
18 Nov 08
I've been doing the same thing with my TV that my grandpa gave me in 2001. I never watch TV or movies without either Closed Captioning, or with English subtitles. Sometimes I can't understand what people are saying on TV, so I always turn on closed captions or subtitles so that I can understand what they're saying clearly. I just love watching TV or movies with any type of subtitling so that I can have an easier time understanding and grasping what's going on when I watch something.
@daijean11 (211)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
if it has an unclear English accent (like 'pride and prejudice') i would prefer to have a subtitle but if it is in American accent(though i'm not an American) i don't want subtitles on it 'cause it just distracts me..'cause whenever there's a subtitle, i can't help myself but to look at it even though i understand the audio..
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
When I watch the House, MD marathon, we would turn on the subtitle in English because the terms are quite medical. I believe your friend has a point in telling out that some of the terms are garbled.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I always watch DVD's with the subtitles on if they have them. I started doing this after I had my son. When we would watch movies, I would always miss something because my son was making noise in the room or something and we would always have to rewind. Sometimes, I do have trouble understanding what some people say and sometimes movies have really quiet dialogue and really LOUD noises so rather than have the volume up really loud, I turn subtitles on. They don't bother me one bit and don't take away from the experience. Some people say that subtitles are distracting, but I think being able to read subtitles without being distracted by them is a skill that you have to learn.
• India
10 Nov 08
Hi zhaychel, I need English subtitles with no exception. It actually helps to understand a conversation exactly. Your friend is right, i too clearly don't understand some dialogues by some actors. Some voice might be husky, its where subtitles help me a lot.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
10 Nov 08
SHe's not the only one.. I'm the same too.. hehe ^_^ BEcause in asia countries, most of us are not taught the real proper way of speaking english, and though we do speak, but it's more to our accent.. THus when we are watching english movies, the accent and pronounciation is completely different, and they do talk real fast.. lol =D Thus i need subtitles to catch up on what the whole movie is abbout.. hehe
• China
10 Nov 08
My mother language is Chinese not english,so i need english subtitle when i watch english moive .I won't need it if it's Chinese movie .Of course,sometimes the movie contains a lot of cold jokes,it's hard to understand,watch it with subtitle would be helpful.
• Malaysia
9 Nov 08
I do still need English subtitles when I watch English movies or any movies types. This because sometimes hard to hear clearly and understand what the actor are talking. The subtitles also helps when there noise around while watching the movie. I have to pay full attention if I watch movies without subtitles.
@dumindum (160)
• Oman
9 Nov 08
I also have the subtitles on. Cuz as your friend said some really eat up the words
• China
9 Nov 08
I have to leave English subtitles on the screen because English is not my native language and this is way how I learn English whenever I watch movie in English.But as for this question,I would prefer to have subtitles on even with movie in my native language,wouldn't you believe that you may get the meaning of the dialogue more easily and quickly and correctly with subtitles on,beyond,it is also a good ease of your hearing especially when you watch a drama film.