Most of the time, there is a small, specific group of people who enjoy watching foreign films. Even fewer enjoy watching them with subtitles, or free of dubbing and subtitles completely. This is an unfortunate thing, because there is much to be gained, beyond entertainment, from watching foreign films.
Cultures besides your own express things in different ways. They choose varying characters from those to which you’re accustomed, have unique tales to tell, and tell those stories differently. In some cases, their culture and history may be the origin of a certain type of character or storytelling. By avoiding foreign films, you’re missing out on opportunities for new and original experiences you simply won’t get from films in your native language, and from your native culture.
Perhaps you do watch foreign films, but you insist on watching those without subtitles. If that’s the case, you are still missing out. Dubbing removes the nuances of acting and storytelling found in tone and inflection. You miss how an actor naturally and originally expresses something in the moment, and instead hear a basic interpretation that is more focused on translation than emotion.
Finally, watching a foreign film engages your mind and improves your language learning skills. If you have experience in a second language, watching a film is a fun way to exercise your knowledge. If you’re learning a language, you can step away from the textbooks for a while and enjoy learning a little differently. If you have no second language experience at all, you can still learn a great deal by watching, listening, and reading. Over time, you may find you understand enough to turn off those subtitles and experience the film as it was meant to be seen and heard.
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