Do you watch TV in other languages than English?

TV in other languages - Watching TV
@callarse1 (4786)
United States
January 10, 2010 4:31pm CST
So, do you watch TV in other languages than English? Particularly if you're watching it in language you learned. Do you prefer to watch TV in your native language? In English? In another language?What TV shows do you watch? I'm watching TV in Spanish (second language). I watch almost all the shows on Univison! Take care and happy myLotting!
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• Philippines
10 Jan 10
whenever i watch cable tv, it's mostly english, my second language. however i have a bad habit of switching channels if the pace of what i'm watching is slow or there simply is too many infomercials going on. some of the shows in foreign language that i watch are in korean, french, spanish and sometimes bahasa indonesia (when i stayed there before). i only know a handful of words so i mostly rely on subtitles. but it's fun and educational to watch shows of other countries. it's culture-opener... and i'm fascinated by people, places and different cultures. happy mylotting too!
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Cool! So, you what television in lots of languages then. I wish our cable got more languages, but it's just English or Spanish, some of the cartoons are in Japanese though. It's always interesting to watch something from another culture, right? Thanks for sharing!
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
quite cool! yes. then it's one thing to watch it on tv then another thing to actually experience it first hand in their country. things like... "i have seen this there..." or "i've been there too..." or "wow, it's much lovelier to see it in person..." or "so this is how it tastes like..." and so on. i love it when i travel to another country and experienced what i had watched before. or meet people from another country and connect at some point because i'm genuinely interested in their cultures and i have an opportunity to practice the few words i have learned. -lol- have a happy mylot day!
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Exactly. I agree with you. I love traveling. I love experiencing new things, too. Which countries have you been? I've been to Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and most of the Caribbean.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Hi callarse. No, I stick to watching TV in English. I never bothered to learn another language, so when I watch TV I watch it in English only that way I can understand what is being said. LOL My husband on the other hand enjoys watching the Spanish stations from time to time. He may not understand it either, but it doesn't stop him from watching the shows! LOL Happy mylotting!
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Okay, English is okay. Wow, he watches Spanish? Does he know how to speak it? Or just to watch it for fun? You know, you can always learn another language and it's never too late to learn. Good luck!
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Jan 10
He watches it for fun. I tried when I was younger. I just don't have the patience for it! LOL
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
What language did you end up learning? Yup you have to have patience to learn really. But if you really want to learn don't give up just keep on trying. I can even help you if you want some tutoring in Spanish
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• United States
11 Jan 10
I watch most shows in English but my husband watches the Spanish channels. I sometimes will watch them with him. Have a good day and happy my lotting to you too.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
16 Jan 10
OOh, really? What shows do you like in Spanish? Where is your husband from? Is Spanish your second language? Thanks for sharing!
• United States
19 Jan 10
He is from Guadalajara. He likes to watch the soccer games and I watch some with him. I just don't like when they yell gooooaaaalll! It seems like they yell it for so long! And he watches this other program I don't know the name of it but it is funny! They are older people and dressed up like they are in school, I will have to find out the name and let you know
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Cool. Yea you're right about Goal it's very loud and long. I think it's something they just do. Kind of like the touch down dance in American football. Hehe. Feel free to tell me the shows you have an interest in. Thank you.
19 Jan 10
We have a channel on our tv which is called Alba. A lot of the programmes on there are in Gaelic, which I don't speak but I like listening to and it does have the sub-titles in English.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Hello to United Kingdom. Gaelic is interested, do you understand any? Do you watch any other languages? Do you speak another language in which you watch TV in? Thanks for sharing!
20 Jan 10
Hi Callarsel, No, I'm afraid I don't speak any Gaelic. I do know a few words of Welsh as our family holidays were sometimes in Wales but not enough to be able to follow a programme in Welsh.Most of the tv I watch is the home-grown variety so obviously it is in English.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Cool, what shows do you like the best in UK? Any recommendations that I could watch? Thanks for sharing!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
11 Jan 10
That's my second language too! I do watch some programs in Spanish but it's to help me learn the language better. I am better at speaking it than understanding it and I'll watch Spanish programs to help me. Take care.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Youtube is nice resource, too. What Spanish programs do you like? Do you have a favorite TV station in Spanish? Thanks for sharing!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
16 Jan 10
There is only one channel here that really does regular Spanish programs. I usually watch the news and El Gorda y la Flaca..lol
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Hehehe, those ARE funny. So you mean UnivisiĆ³n? That is the only station we get on our cable (we have basic cable), and it's pretty cool. I love watching the news in Spanish. They have some good video networks on youtube. It's fun to watch those, too.
@Torunn (4930)
• Norway
11 Jan 10
I watch TV in Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and many others. Films are subtitled, so we get Japanese, Chinese, Spanish etc. I tried watching synchronized films when I was studying in Austria, and it was horrible. Other TV shows I watch in Norwegian, English, some German, Swedish and Danish. Or other languages if they send them, but most shows are in Norwegian or English. I watched Icelandic TV on Iceland, that was quite funny. I watched Finnish TV in Finnland, didn't understand a word.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Wow lots of languages. Greetings to Norway, is it cold there? Well, do you actually speak all those languages or were you just interested in hearing them? Which language do you prefer to hear, English, Norwegian or something else? Thanks for your reply.
@Torunn (4930)
• Norway
20 Jan 10
Hi to over the pond! It's not too cold here, -5 degrees Celsius but we've had some weeks with -20. Unlike the rest of Norway and Europe we didn't get any snow storms which is a bit unfair, because I'd like more snow and I think we would tackle them better. After all, we should be used to them. Hope you're somewhere without too much weather trouble, it's annoying as you can't really do anything but wait for it to get better. I talk English and German, and some but not very much Icelandic and French. It is a good way to practice though, I don't know if I'll ever talk any of them very good but hearing it is better than just reading it. Swedish and Danish are so similar to Norwegian that we don't have learn it, sometimes we just have to talk a bit slower than usual if we talk across the borders. I think maybe it is one of the advantages of coming from a small country, we can't produce everything ourselves so we get programs from all over the world. I don't have a favourite really, as long as it is not synchronized I'm happy :-)
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Coolies. One day I should movie to Norway. It was a country that always fascinated me, but I don't speak any Norwegian. I guess I could learn though.
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
10 Jan 10
Hi callarse Well yeah i do watch tv on other language other than english. Im from Ecuador and here tv is in spanish, most of the tv channels(cable television) dub the audio to spanish, specially the children channel such as nick, cartoon network or disney channel, cause their audience are children that talk mainly spanish. Other channels have their original language(english) with subtitles. On national tv all of the shows are in spanish. I also watch some anime shows online that are in japanese, i need subtititles though.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Hey ed! How are you doing? So you'll understand my username, callarse1, hehehe. Why? Because it's a Spanish word. Anywho, yea I love Spanish TV, or TV in Spanish. It's cool to listen to. Do you watch a lot of TV in English? Thanks for your response!
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Cool Ed, well I love to watch Spanish of course. Hehehe. I'd love to go to Ecuador. I love traveling, thanks.
@amybrezik (2121)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I only speak English. I would like to learn other languages, but I don't generally watch TV in other languages. I don't have cable anymore, but when I did I didn't watch shows in other languages. Although, I have heard this is a good way to learn a foreign language. I do however, watch movies in other languages (with subtitles of course) I absolutley love Japanese horror movies-- so I do watch those a lot. Good for you though for watching shows in your second language, I am sure it helps you reinforce what you have learned, and that it can be very beneficial.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Oh I see. Yes, I love Chinese and Japanese movies, too. Although I don't know those languages so I have to watch them with the subtitles. Yes, it really helps watching them in Spanish for me. Plus it helps me expand my vocabulary.
@amybrezik (2121)
• United States
10 Jan 10
If you have any recommendations for Asian films please let me know! I am always ready to check out a new one.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
16 Jan 10
Cool, well I don't know about any new ones, I have a lot of Asian movies that are older. If anyone has any other movies, feel free to write in our discussion.
@kaka135 (14118)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 15
Yes, as English is not my native language, I always watch TV in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin). I like to watch TV in English as I'd like to learn more English.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
20 Sep 15
That's good to hear. They took away the Spanish station awhile ago and I am not sure if you have to pay extra for it. That's not good at all. Sometimes I listen to the radio in Spanish.
@billzehua (573)
• China
25 Jan 10
your topic rocks, it's been spoiling for weeks. if you are really into Chinese movies, then you should go for Body Guards and Assassin, it's both emtion-stirring and splendid in the fighting moves within, actually it's a typical Donnie Chen action movie with a deep depliction of a tragic history of China.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
5 Feb 10
Thanks Billzehua for commenting. Now, tell me how we, in USA, can watch these Chinese movies? Are they on the web or on eBay? Thanks for the reply!
@Cheiyen (317)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
yes, i do. i sometimes watch korea's global tv arirang. korea is an interesting country for me and i wanna recall my korean language skill. there is one korean drama that i sometimes watch. it has english subtitles but i really make sure to listen to the dialogues of the casts. i don't really watch thai tv programs that much because i find it exhausting. i just keep searching for a good movie though. even if they're dubbed in thai language, i just stick to it for the heck of watching the movie. anyways, my thai skill has improved a lot by watching thai tv programs a bit but more on immersion with thai people. my tv has japanese and chinese movies, too. they also interest me. when i go back to my homecountry, i watch tv shows in my native language just to keep up about what i've missed. actually, they're bilingual most of the time. in general, i don't spend too much time in tv viewing coz it makes me lazy. i've got a tv set in my bedroom, that's why. when i really get tired, i just found myself waking up at dawn with the tv still turned on. LOL!
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Hello! Korean is a beautiful language. I like to hear it, but I really don't understand it, sorry my friend. Thai is pretty too. I wish I could be given the power to speak all languages. That would be cool, right? Well I don't like too much the soap operas but I do watch them in Spanish just to keep up with the language skills.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Hi, callarse1. No, I don't normally do this. But, I have seen shows on T.V. that will allow me to view another language, like in movies. I only look at the T.V. that has my native language showing on it. I will get confused when I can't read or make out the words that someone is speaking.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
So you watch TV only in English then? Right? Well it's always nice to learn another language if that's something you're interesting in doing. If you have the interest, you can do anything. Thanks for participating and happy myLotting!
@carpiolj (12)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I do... but only IF the show is really good and there's an english subtitle. No matter how good the show is, you still won't enjoy it if you don't understand what's happening.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
So, you like to watch it in your native language? What language is your native language? It's always fun to watch it in another language especially if you're learning it. Wishing you good luck on learning more English!
@emarie (5451)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Well, the only ones I watch are anime...but they have engligh sub titles. Its not the different language for me, but the story line and since it takes so long to dub an anime I have to watch it directly from Japan. Most of the ones I watch haven't been licensed in the US yet so no subbing anyway. I would like it better if it was in English but then it loses in translation and pronunciation.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Cool! I like Japanese cartoons. It can be difficult if you don't understand it totally but it still makes it fun to watch them.
• United States
11 Jan 10
I only watch TV in English because thats the only language I understand and I dont get foreign speaking channels on my cable network anyhow. I would love to learn German though. I know this really hot guy thats German, and his English is not perfect, so I would love to able to communicate with him!
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
On our cable we get one Spanish station, and on the cartoon network they show some anime in Japanese it's sometimes dubbed or subtitled, sometimes it's not. German is a cool language. Try to learn it. You'll learn something new. Cheers!
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
I like to watch french channel though I don't really understand most of the words. I really want to learn the language.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
25 Jan 10
What French programs do you watch? I like to watch French music videos, even though I don't know hardly any as I never studied it. I probably should start learning it though. Talk to you later.
@stand87 (666)
• Bulgaria
11 Jan 10
I usually watch channels in language that I know or have the basic level of it. I prefer watching TV in my native language, yes. But I also watch English or American channels. I like talkshows, comedy, documentary . . . this kind of stuff. I like realities too. For example - Music Idol, FEAR, Scare Tactics . . . But I almost hate Big Brother :) It's stupid in my point of view.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
25 Jan 10
So you watch TV in Bulgarian or Russian? I'm not sure what you're native language is. Hehe. Sorry. I don't like too much reality shows, but I like American Idol and Fear factor is fun. What Russian shows do you recommend?
• United States
11 Jan 10
When I used to take Japanese classes I would watch anime in Japanese with the subtitles on. I think it helped me to learn Japanese a lot faster and it was fun watching the cartoons too. The sad part about this though is that I haven't studied Japanese for years now and pretty much don't remember anything that I learned at all, lol. The bright side, I can still read the subtitles to know what they're saying, haha. Too bad I guess, lol.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Japanese seems to be a beautiful language BUT I have never studied it. You are right, they have a lot of those cartoons in Japanese. Do you watch TV in any other language?
@May2k8 (9332)
• Indonesia
11 Jan 10
I prefer to watch the English text and sometimes Malaysia. I turn the channel is three TV and TV Tokyo, as well as outside broadcasts, although I do not have cable TV. Of course, we can better understand by using our own language. It seems to me curious about other languages, so I want to know more about the language.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
22 Jan 10
You're right because I want to know more languages, too. However I'm not sure if I have the time to do it. I never watched TV Tokyo, is that a news program? I have seen cartoons in Japanese though. Thanks for sharing.
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
11 Jan 10
Hi there Callarse. I think you should have asked if we watch television in other languages then our own. I watch it in my native language - romanian, in english, and from time to time in french or spanish depending on the program. I have also watched it in greek 2 years ago when i spent my summer vacation there with my girlfriend.
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@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Coolies, which one do you prefer to listen/watch? So, do you like to watch in English the best? Do you understand the other ones you mentioned (Spanish, French, Greek) or did you just watch them because you wanted to? Happy myLotting!