6 thoughts on “Subtitles”

  1. another ‘dislike’ is that sometimes they block visibility of important parts of the screen including (surprisingly often) displaying a subtitled that says something like “speaking in german” directly on top of the english translation of whatever the character is saying so you can’t actually read it… (even if you actually speak german)

    one benefit is for young children – turn those captions on to expose them to reading… i’ve seen 3 year olds reading on their own just from the frequent exposure to subtitles on their favorite shows.

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  2. What gets me, a grown retard with a slight hearing loss, is I use sub-titties to help me hear due to low volume of the person speaking or the onscreen accents, but I don’t need to read that the car door closes or there is music playing …. I just need a written transcription (script ?) of the dialogue, not the entire screenplay or sound diorama.

    I live in hope, meanwhile my hands are cupped behind my ears like a comical monkey.

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  3. You do learn quickly how to scan the subtitles as they flip by. I’m quite deaf and depend on CC and subtitles onscreen to understand dialogue, and I do appreciate little details like “music playing quietly” or “animal noises outside.” Unfortunately it’s common to have a white font on a dark background, which is fine, but then someone shows up wearing a white shirt and the lower part of the screen goes blank.

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  4. Another reason for subtitles: you have kids. Kids are loud. Subtitles are easier than constantly rewinding to hear what you missed when a kid shrieked.

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