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Struggle with reading subtitles fast enough?
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Posted 4/30/14
Hehe. Teekyuu would drive You nuts.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
I've been watching anime for 7 years now, and can't really remember if I had any trouble with reading the subs back when I was younger. I do know now, though, that I am a pretty fast reader and never have to pause except occasionally when 2 people are talking, but I can usually keep up with that as well.

My only suggestions would be a) to read more (obvious) and b) to just keep doing what you're doing: watching anime. You'll get used to it eventually, but I suggest trying to avoid stopping/rewinding as much as possible. Unless it's important, try not to go back. This way, you'll have to force yourself into reading faster so you don't miss anything, and, with practice, you'll naturally get better at it.
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For me, it just took years of getting used to it. I only watched Naruto Shipuuden for the longest time up until the end of 2012/early 2013, but watching Naruto Shipuuden for a few years was enough for me to get used to it.

So it just takes time. Just keep on watching and eventually you'll get better at it.
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I wanted to check the speed of one of the longer passages in bakemonogatari.
The opening of bakemonogatari, with text and such, about senjougahara episode 1, at somewhere in 1:12.
I counted 75 words, and I timed it at under .1 seconds, which is easily at the point where I simply can't time it properly.
Anyway, assuming the words are onscreen for a third of a second, then 75*3*60 = 13,500
If I'm really generous, and say it was on screen for the full second, 75*60 = 4,500.
Wikipedia says the top speedreader in the world can read 4,700 words per minute at 67% comprehension.

So, unless you're a world champion level speedreader you can't read anywhere near fast enough to understand everything in bakemonogatari.

That said, I can't think of any other show that gave me problems, with an exception here and there of 3-4 people speaking at the same time.
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Posted 4/30/14
ingest more carotenes aka carrots and spinach, help repair cones in the eyes. blueberries also help strengthen vision.

anywho, figure out your reading pace. and work from there.

maybe you are trying to register each and every word. at this point, i don't really read every word. i usually do homework while watching anime and i speed read, at this point it is basically skimming each line but i understand everything completely.

even with reading a book, you will eventually read faster, because you sorta skim the book just because word combination are limited and you know what is coming up next.

practice makes perfect. you'll be back in the groove or closer to it in a few days or weeks.
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Part of how I read faster is cutting out words which don't actually do anything to improve my understanding of the sentence. Let's consider the same sentence represented a couple of ways:

"I hear that red bean buns taste better if you drink green tea with them."

"...red bean buns...better...if you drink green tea with them."

Both convey the intended meaning well enough, but the second one is noticeably shorter. Shorter translates into faster reading. The trick to doing this is first scanning the subject and predicate's main words (mostly nouns and verbs), then looking for any additional words you might need to understand their relationship afterward.
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Assuming you're a native English speaker who can actually read, it has much more to do with how your eyes move than how much you read.
A typical professor reads at about 600wpm and a typical speed reader goes at 1500wpm.

Spend 1 hour a day for 1 week learning how to speed read and you should be fine.

I don't remember ever having difficulty reading subtitles... until I learned how to read slowly. My 12 year old self could read faster than me emulating slow reading styles.
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Posted 4/30/14
Just takes some getting used to.
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The Tatami Galaxy might be good practice. The narration is fast, but not on the insane level of Bakemonogatari screen-shuffling intros: you're actually expected to absorb it all rather than the anime intentionally giving you too much to handle at once for a stream-of-consciousness feel. You can find it on Funimation. The anime itself isn't for everyone, but I think the pacing of the subtitles is at a pretty good rate for speed practice.
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Posted 4/30/14

TsunLemon wrote:


Demimaelstrom wrote:


talbond wrote:

As a homeschooler, I was able to hit college reading level at a very young age. Around seven years old, I think. I now read at around 750 words per minute. I haven't watched Bakemonogatari yet but I am sure I could definitely get through it without rewinding. So, for me, it came naturally.

As for someone who is not able to speed read naturally, I strongly suggest reading something you enjoy. Anything. Even sexual fiction that is in writing. If you get excited in what you read, you will naturally want to read faster. Carrot in front; stick in the back. You've got the carrot of reading faster to see what happens, and the stick of not catching up fast enough. Simple for me, maybe not for you, but it helped me in the long run.

Hope it works for you!


I want to know if you can read all of Monogatari without pausing though. You won't know what I mean until you watch it.


Is it even possible for someone to read ALL of monogatari's pop up messages without pausing even once?


Lol!!! I feel you.
Posted 4/30/14
replay... sometimes there are like 20 words... and it shows up for like 1 second... which is practically impossible for anyone to read.
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If you look there then you can snap your eyes to the left the right amount to read the line plus you can use peripheral vision to see the show.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
Only thing that has given me pause recently is Kara no Kyoukai. I've got reading speed to spare, but when there's a lot of jargon and philosophical concepts being rapidly fired at me for an extended period of time my reading comprehension starts to get clogged up. Never felt the need to rewind though.
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Posted 5/1/14
I some times have to pause and read the text again. It hardly has anything to do with how fast I could read, but with it how long I expect the subtitle to be on the screen. If the text speed if slowish and suddenly changes to very fast paced, I usually have to check the 1st scene again.
Posted 5/1/14
In addition to what other people are saying, watching a lot of anime (especially from a consistent sub source like Crunchy subs, Funi subs, or Aniplex subs etc) will allow you to sort of "anticipate" what is about to be said. This is because not only does anime dialogue tend to be fairly... "standard" (for lack of a better term), but the subs will translate phrases in chunks that don't need to be read word for word.

That's what happened to me anyway. Its difficult to describe these "chunks", but it reaches the point where you get the gist of what's being said even though you don't read all the words. In fact, skimming becomes much easier than reading unless they're saying something poetic or information heavy.

That was probably vital for me though, since my vision is so incredibly poor that word-for-word reading is pretty much impossible. Since I may be an outlier, I can't speak for certain, but i'd imagine intuition will also help as one watches more and more anime. I do still have to pause on occasion though, which is annoying. Can't be helped, though. Sometimes that just comes with the territory for me (having poor vision and all - but it sounds like its much the same for others as well).
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