more meaning in target language?

Hi everyone! I find I have different reactions when listening/speaking french. Has anyone else noticed this in their language learning? For example, when I watch french shows or tv, or especially english movies translated into french, I cry at the intense parts. I'm not a huge crier, and I rarely cry in movies...but I find that things have so much more impact when they are said in french. Anybody else find this true with themselves? I've heard that you think differently when speaking in a different language, so I'm sure it has something to do with it. Maybe experiencing something in a different language is like experiencing it again for the first time again. Language learning just continues to get cooler the more I learn (about both learning it, and the more language I learn!)

anyway, thoughts? Experiences?

October 10, 2018


That's interesting. I've never really thought about it. I actually prefer listening to a lot of things in French, maybe because it seems "newer" or something like you said, but I also believe that French is a little more expressive than English in some ways. Certain words carry slightly different meanings from the English equivalent and I think the impact can be more when you translate it.

I'll never forget the first time I watched The Nightmare Before Christmas in French. Dr. Finkelstein calls Sally his "creation" in English, but in the French dub he calls her his chose. I find that a lot darker and creepier and more possessive than just saying she's his creation.

October 10, 2018

I have the sense that French movies are more sentimental than American movies. The French seem talk about their "heart" more. The movie topics seem more personal in a lot of cases.

October 10, 2018

that sounds pretty cool thought I've never heard of that. Maybe it has to do with the way the language sounds. I listen to Spanish music and feel pretty hyped if that is what you mean but I've never listened to French in movies or music so I would have to listen for my self to find out. And the French probably express their feelings a lot easier in their language making it seem sentimental

October 11, 2018
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