How to display two subtitles simultaneously: Movie watching in a second language

How to display two subtitles simultaneously: Movie watching in a second language

Watching movies in Spanish is surely a great way to progress in Spanish language aquisition. But to understand what is actually happening in fast-paced spanish speaking movie, we tend to need english subtitles… but then if I’m honest, I proceed to spend the movie focusing on reading the english subtitles, as opposed to listening to the Spanish. This post descirbes my “hack” for actually learning Spanish from watching movies, in follow-up from my list of Spanish movies.

What we need to do is…

…use Spanish subtitles, to catch what the fastpaced-Spanish-speakers are saying in the film, and (at least at first) English subtitles to figure out what some of the Spanish phrases mean… but most programs don’t allow for two sets of concurrent subtitles. To follow, I explain my hack to get around this. Watching with quick access to the pause button (should you need it) is highly recommended. This technique has worked great for me.

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Movies in Spanish

Movies in Spanish

Watching movies in foreigner language is a fun way to reinforce what we are learning else-where.
It can be really hard to identify good language-specific movies to watch however. After much research I’ve found a handful of films in Spanish which I would recommend. Between them they encompass a range of different accents and cultures. To get the most from the movie you may want to use multiple subtitles at once – I explain how to do this on the next blog post.

From here you can find more Spanish movies by following-up the actors/directors/writers of the best Spanish films (IMDB is great for this). If you know of any good films in Spanish I’d love to hear.  (more…)