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Marzia
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Subtitles or dubbing?
In Italy all movies in English are dubbed.
In my opinion, watching movies in their original language can help improving the level of this language.
What do you prefer, dubbed movies or subtitles?

In Italia tutti i film in inglese vengono doppiati.
Secondo me, guardare film in lingua originale aiuta a migliorare il proprio livello di questa lingua.
Cosa preferite? Film doppiati o con i sottotitoli?
Apr 28, 2020 10:24 PM
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Hi Marzia,
Honestly, I've seen both movies in theatre as dubbed and subbed. It all comes down to the talent of the crew and to whom the movie is targeted to. As an example, all the dubbed version for the Disney kids movies in French are awesome. While, adult movies, we know relatively well the language to read quickly the subtitles.

My preference is to go for the subbed version of it. Why? Because the sound is richer and more natural. As simple as that :)
April 28, 2020
I prefer to watch films in the original language. If I don't know the language at all, then I would use subtitles to watch them :) I also quite enjoy listening to languages I don't speak. It's a different experience, I guess.
April 29, 2020
Hi Marzia,

As someone who is trying to learn Italian, I agree that subbed is the best way as you can hear people speaking and how they pronounce the words.
April 28, 2020
The problem with dubbed movie is perception.You know it is not the real voice of the actor and that it may not be exactly what the actor was saying. Wrong translations can lead to comical moments where things that are said don't match up with the actions that are being performed on the screen.

Let's say that an actor told someone else to break a leg. While we may realize the actor was wishing the other person good luck, if the dubbed version said "I want to break your leg.", it certainly would not be the same thing that was conveyed. Without having the original speech, we are left confused when the other actor replies "Thanks."
April 29, 2020
I prefer to watch without any translation at all and with subtitles in the original language.
April 29, 2020
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Marzia
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