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Does watching subbed anime help you in life?
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Heres an interesting thought as well. Do you think maybe since we are picking up a bit of Japanese while watching these subs could our minds subconsciously be recognizing and picking out phrases or words such that we only have to consciously read part of what is displayed while still being able to understand the whole thing?
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No, not for me. My family is mostly made up of fast-reading bookworms, so subbed anime is only one step away from being a picture book in my eyes.
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Yes. You learn Japanese curse words.

I keed.

Yes. You learn some Japanese words as well as certain cultural nuances that are perceivable in the Japanese language but disappear once dubbing has taken place (e.g. the use of endearing suffixes on nicknames). The Japanese language is one of the most unique forms of verbal, linguistic expression regularly used on Earth today.
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well it helps me connect some English words with Japanese so sorta... but I read fast so it doesn't help me in that sorta way
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Yes, watching subtitled anime helped my Japanese listening comprehension in real life. I can also spot-check the translation to see if it's accurate and am surprised at how often I realize it's not completely accurate or that the translators are taking either stylistic liberties or just loosey-goosey translating however they want.

If you've taken even as little as an introductory Japanese course like I have, it does help you learn Japanese. As long as it's an anime with a more modern vocabulary/speaking style that is. Like a school anime, for instance. It can also help you expand your vocabulary.
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arc_salvo wrote:

Yes, watching subtitled anime helped my Japanese listening comprehension in real life. I can also spot-check the translation to see if it's accurate and am surprised at how often I realize it's not completely accurate or that the translators are taking either stylistic liberties or just loosey-goosey translating however they want.

If you've taken even as little as an introductory Japanese course like I have, it does help you learn Japanese. As long as it's an anime with a more modern vocabulary/speaking style that is. Like a school anime, for instance. It can also help you expand your vocabulary.


You bring up a good point, I've noticed as well that between various animes the translations can vary and after a while you learn to pick up on the small differences that gives inflection to the voice. An example of this I know of is found in One Piece the way they use the word nakama to describe friends, family, and comrades.
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Hairbelly wrote:

It has definitely helped me read faster and/or improved my ability to compartmentalize speech patterns and verbosity. Also, I'm more likely now to go to a Foreign film that is subtitles than I was, say, 5 or 6 years ago.

Nothing else other than that. I was kind of hoping that reading subtitles for years would allow me to see through clothing, but alas...


Nope but you might be able to see what kind of clothes they are wearing really fast.
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Yeah probably, but I'm so used to subtitles, I've been watching movies and anime with subs my whole life So am not sure how much I've improved since I started, but I have gotten better at reading the words and understanding them immediately
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As far as I know it hasn't increased my reading speed, though I may be a special case as I like to read at my own pace, so that I won't have to read something twice or more to remember it. However, it has increased my knowledge on random trivia wastly as well as a few things within physics. I've also become able to understand spoken japanese to some extent now, though I may not know or understand every word, or be able to form new sentences, I've learned a lot of the basics. However, after listening to a language and reading the translation simultaneously for more than five years, would usually do that to you I'd guess.
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hauken wrote:

As far as I know it hasn't increased my reading speed



This.

Guess it's a Scandinavian thing, subtitles(unless it's a kids show -8). As soon as you realise how much better everything is in its original state, you won't stop hating dubbed movies/tv shows etc.

Americans even go so far that they make their own versions of movies from another countries. Like "the girl who played with fire" (Don't know what the US version is called)
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Nope. I've just improved reading sub, but I still sucking at reading general.
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I guess? I can read a bit faster maybe. I've learned a slight amount of Japanese too because of it (slight).
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Posted 6/2/13
yup definetly
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Yes! I have mentioned to fellow anime watchers that my reading comprehension and speed both increase in correlation to how much subbed anime I have watched. Most of them are just beginning to watch anime or don't watch as much, so they haven't noticed it yet. I joked about "studying" for the ACT by watching a ton of anime beforehand, not thinking that it would seriously make a difference, but it actually impacted my scores. The first time I took the ACT, I did exceptionally well to my standards (32-ish I can't remember); the second time, though, I hadn't watched anime in a few weeks and I did horribly (18-ish). I felt horribly rushed even though I thought I was better prepared. It was weird to explain to my parents...kind backwards... ๏_๏
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Well yeah it probably would have helped me with speed reading and comprehension if I didn't already pick that from playing video games (back in the old days before voice over work when you had to read everything). I have always had a good ear for language so watching subs has helped me to pickup and learn a few words and phrases in the spoken language. For shows/movies that I have seen before I can have it on in the background and I can usually fallow it fairly well just by listening.
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