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Baubrey91
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Hey I just finished my Spanish tree and one recommendation I saw on here was to watch Disney movies in Spanish, as the vocabulary is elementary. However would you guy recommend watching the movie in Spanish with English subtitles, or watching the movie in English with Spanish subtitles? Thanks

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/_Megan_B
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Personally, I think the best thing is to watch the movie in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. That way you can recognize the written words and train you ear, otherwise you might ignore the Spanish entirely and only pay attention to the English subtitles/sounds. It would also help if you were very familiar with the English version of whatever movie you watch so you don't get lost.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txbunny1908

I have to agree with this. Anytime I have seen a movie in a foreign language (they have been few and far between), I just read the English subtitles. I make zero effort to listen. The Spanish subtitles would be great as they sometimes speak too fast for me. I would love, love, love to be able to find where I can stream the Spanish version of some American comedies (in particular Modern Family). I have seen a lot of these episodes several times in English and already know what is going on, so I think it would be a great intro for me. I have searched and searched but I cannot find the Spanish version available to stream!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beadspitter

It may be because I'm at a much lower level than the OP (only about 72% done with my tree), or because of different styles, but I still get a lot out of watching/listening to (originally Spanish-language) movies with Spanish audio and English subtitles. I catch a lot of the Spanish, and really enjoy it when I can figure out that a subtitle is wrong or inadequate. It's also really good for my ear, in that it just gives me the sense of the rhythms and sentence melodies of Spanish spoken by natives, for each other. It...tunes my ear? I learn how to sound more natural with the Spanish I can use.

I suspect this kind of thing is pretty personal. Also, I do look forward to a time when I can benefit from doing exactly what you describe, because I think that, when I'm a little more proficient, that will be the best way. (And I haven't tried it with Disney - maybe that's simple enough that even I could do it.) And I also agree that, if you're doing something entirely in the language you're learning, getting something you're familiar with already is a very good recommendation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Eventually you want to watch without subtitles, but you should start with Spanish subtitles, English should be your last option.

  • Watch in Spanish without subtitles
  • Watch in Spanish with Spanish subtitles
  • Watch in Spanish with English
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jean-rousseau

Te recomiendo que la veas en Español con subtítulos en Español. Mejor aún si es una película que has visto muchas veces, así tal vez recuerdes partes del diálogo en Inglés y sea más fácil comprender la escena. Y mantén un diccionario en la PC o en el teléfono abierto, para buscar las palabras que no entiendas.

¡Suerte, y que te diviertas!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasAP

You can sort Netflix by language. There are a lot of animated films and TV shows up there for Spanish. However I recommend creating a separate profile for your Spanish language shows because it will save the settings and confuse other people when shows automatically start showing up in Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Definitely watch it with the Spanish audio track. Use English subtitles if you have to. Eventually you will be able to watch it without subtitles.

Good question!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I think it would be best to listen in Spanish because you're trying to train your ear to get used to the sound of the words as they're spoken. Try listening a few minutes into it without subtitles. If that's a problem, put the subtitles on in Spanish. If that's a problem, switch them over to English. Just find what works best for you and stick with it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ins26
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Como dicen los demás creo que lo mejor es que pongas la película en español y los subtítulos en inglés para aprender como pronunciar ciertas palabras. Es una buena manera de aprender un idioma, mucha suerte! Si no entiendes algo puedo traducirte lo que acabo de escribir.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoahVee

I would personally recommend starting with Spanish audio and English subtitles. Then switch to Spanish audio and subtitles.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EAJames1991

Lots of good advice already. I agree with the majority here that watching in Spanish with Spanish subtitles is the best option (until you feel comfortable watching without subtitles). That way you're able to listen to the dialog but still pick up words you might miss by reading the subtitles as well. Definitely start with movies you know well though.

If you're not feeling quiet ready to jump to all Spanish though, I actually prefer watching in English with Spanish subtitles, which seems to be the minority idea here. This is simply a personal preference and I have done both ways. However, I am primarily a visual learner so I find that I pick up the vocab easier if I can see it on the screen rather than simply hearing it briefly with the English words below. Obviously auditory learners would likely feel differently on the matter.

No matter what you decide I hope you enjoy rediscovering some childhood classics in your new language!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I can read much better than I listen, so having Spanish subtitles does not improve my listening skills. What helped me the most was watching familiar movies (movies I watched repeatedly, like The Princess Bride, Evolution) in Spanish, no subtitles. I had a pretty good idea what was being said, and could get better at following the Spanish.

3 years ago