When I say I like foreign films, people often ask me if I watch them with subtitles. When I answer “yes”, the questioning usually stops there. It shouldn’t! That’s not nearly the most interesting part of the issue. People don’t ask me if I watch English films with subtitles! ….. to which I would also reply “yes.” If the conversation even gets this far, the question then becomes “….. in another language?” ….. to which I answer bluntly: “no, in English.” I think it’s the perfectionist in me rearing its ugly head again, but I really dislike not hearing something in a movie. I always used to rewind to hear everything as they intended, and of course that stops the flow of the movie. So, eventually, after watching a few foreign films with subtitles, I left the feature on for an English movie. Now I never have to rewind!
So no, it’s not some effective learning tool I use to practice my languages, sad to admit. It’s simply me wanting to know everything!