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For some reason, I am having a bit of trouble paying attention to the anime I'm watching due to me sub vocalizing the subtitles even though I'm listening to the characters say the sentence themselves albeit in a different language. I recently watched Fate/Zero dubbed and I had no issues, now watching Fate/Stay Night, and I can barely even get past the first episode because sub vocalization is literally driving me crazy. This happens even when I read books, online articles, and anything in general, even typing this. Is there any way to minimize sub vocalizing and acknowledge the fact that the characters are speaking, or is this a common issue I should try my best to ignore? Thanks in advance!
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Posted 7/7/16 , edited 7/7/16
Ignore it. You will always subvocalize, and you may always be aware of it.
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I'll try my best. I'm not new to watching subbed anime, and it seems like only today has this mental issue reached it's peak in extreme annoyance for me.
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gornotck wrote:

Ignore it. You will always subvocalize, and you may always be aware of it.
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Posted 7/7/16
I do that all the time. You get used to it. Could also just watch dubs.
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Posted 7/7/16 , edited 7/7/16
Oh wow. This is fascinating because I didn't even know what subvocalization was before. After looking it up, I think I actually subvocalize everything... I thought that was just how people read Well, I don't move my lips or anything, but I definitely read with an internal voice and just kind of assumed everyone else did too.

Actually maybe not... I'll need to try to consciously consider how I read subs now. I never thought about whether I was just internalizing the words or actually reading them out in my head. I definitely subvocalize almost everything else - including forum posts and what not. It makes sense though, considering I have poor eyesight and am an auditory learner.



Sorry if the above was so off topic . I was just fascinated because I had never heard of the concept before.

As for things to help... is it really that bad? I'm not sure how it's a hindrance. Maybe just get used to it? Or as others said, ignore it?

I just found out about this today, so obviously I won't be of much help, and I apologize for that. However, I seem to stop subvocalizing when I read things very quickly, so perhaps you could try that. I don't feel like I'm comprehending as well when I do that, but perhaps you could with practice.

Very interesting topic though!
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Posted 7/7/16 , edited 7/7/16
Not so sure about sub vocalization being the issue, but those are certainly symptoms of dyslexia. I'm not saying you have dyslexia, just implying that there's other possibilities as to what's troubling you.
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I think it's only bothering me today because I'm attempting to watch anime while there is an unreal amount of background noise, with the addition of anxiety. Maybe by tomorrow morning when things have calmed down will my sub vocalization come to a halt, but boy, I seriously couldn't watch Fate/Stay Night with this as an issue but I was able to get through the first 2 episodes with minimal issues, and ignoring it seems to help...somewhat. Like gornotck said, I probably will always be aware of it, so it helps that I acknowledge that it delves me deeper into the anime (probably doesn't work for some people) rather than me focusing on other things rather than what I'm watching.
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Posted 7/7/16 , edited 7/7/16
Really now? ...hmmm... I do admit that I may be slower than most people when it comes to understanding concepts, but I'm generally more intelligent than 95% of my classroom when it comes to classwork, tests, etc, along with knowledge of anything I'm interested in. But that's interesting though ... oh and no worries! I'm open to ideas that can pinpoint these kinds of stuff
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Posted 7/7/16
You'll get used to it with time. Now I mostly watch subbed anime and I don't even put much thought into it.
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