Subtitles: Not Just for Foreign Films

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I nearly always switch on the subtitles when watching American films.

I know what you’re thinking: “Subtitles? But you’re a native speaker, Christine! You don’t need them!

Well, you’re wrong. I do.

Why?

Because the actors mumble their lines, filmmakers nowadays love to shower scenes with extra sounds—and the new speaker technology is terrible. 

And it seems I’m not the only one who sometimes finds it hard to understand what the actors are saying.

Netflix spilt the beans: a surprising 40% of viewers, including native speakers, find comfort in these on-screen words.

And get this, a whopping 80% of us click that subtitle button at least once a month. That’s a lot of text enthusiasts!

Yes. Subtitles save the day.

So next time you’re watching a film or TV show, don’t be afraid to turn on the subtitles.

You might just be surprised at how much better you enjoy it.

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