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How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

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How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby martinakiyama9971 » November 27th, 2013 7:01 pm

I just discovered something.

On Crunchyroll, if you right-click when watching an anime, you have the option to switch off the subtitles.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-8 ... shjapanese
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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles.

Postby martinakiyama9971 » November 27th, 2013 7:20 pm

Not that I am at that level. I just watched Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) in Japanese to test how much I know now that I've finished the Absolute Beginners series, and I understood about one word in twenty.

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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby community.japanese » December 7th, 2013 11:46 pm

martinakiyama9971-san,
wow, that's pretty good!! :shock: :D

I've never heard of any function to switch movies to subtitles...thank you very much for
sharing the info here! :wink:

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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby Sheegoth » March 10th, 2014 4:06 am

That's a pretty cool tip! Thanks for sharing. :)

I've watched a handful of anime series these past two weeks without subtitles. Sword Art Online, Death Note, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, to name a few. I'm on the same page as you; I pick up one one out of every twenty or so spoken words, which I think is great progress.

I've found that watching and listening to anime without subtitles really helps to reinforce my understanding of the language, the context, and the speed in which words are spoken. Though, it should be noted that one shouldn't rely solely upon anime for improvement. Give live action Japanese films and newscasts a try, too. :mrgreen:
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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby martinakiyama9971 » June 11th, 2014 1:49 am

Hi Sheegoth :)

I'm starting to learn Japanese again after a 6 month hiatus and I'm watching Kaseifu no Mita (I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper) on Crunchyroll. I'm watching each episode raw first and then with subs (so I'm doing things the other way around to jayr1063). Not sure whether I'll keep it up until the end of the series though, I might just do half and then watch the rest subtitled.

Some other not-anime things:

Yasai Sisters by AKB48, a song about vegetables which you can watch raw, with subs or with Japanese subs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizw3Wf8MHM
http://stage48.net/studio48/yasaisisters.html (lyrics)

Ramen Walker, a show about ramen which you can watch raw, with subs or with Japanese subs:
http://www.viki.com/tv/4422c-ramen-walker

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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby Sheegoth » June 12th, 2014 11:26 am

Thanks for the useful links, martinakiyama9971! ありがとうございました! :mrgreen:
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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby community.japanese » June 13th, 2014 6:40 pm

martinakiyama9971 san,
Thank you for sharing information.

Sheegoth san,
They are useful aren’t they?

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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby kytikor_503396 » December 25th, 2014 1:54 am

These days it's common for anime to be done with "soft subtitles", so when you download anime from any of the numerous fansub companies out there, if you use a media player like VLC, you can disable the subtitles. If all else fails, get dual audio because then you can switch the language to Japanese and disable the subtitles.

I've been watching Naruto without any subtitles. I understand enough grammar and vocab to vaguely follow the story, and when I keep hearing a word/phrase/etc. over and over again, I look it up on Denshi Jisho or something. It's really fun, and I find myself disagreeing with subtitles sometimes!

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Re: How to watch anime in Japanese without subtitles

Postby community.japanese » December 30th, 2014 12:05 pm

Kytikor さん、
Konnichiwa.
Wow! You can understand animations without subtitles.
Great!  :D
And checking meanings in a dictionary is important.
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