Jump to content
Chinese-forums.com
Learn Chinese in China

  • Why you should look around

    Since 2003, Chinese-forums.com has been helping people learn Chinese faster and get to China sooner. Our members can recommend beginner textbooks, help you out with obscure classical vocabulary, and tell you where to get the best street food in Xi'an. And we're friendly about it too. 

    Have a look at what's going on, or search for something specific. We hope you'll join us. 
jiaojiao87

Intermediate TV Programs without Subtitles

Recommended Posts

jiaojiao87

Hello,

 

While trying to work on my listening skills, I have a hard time finding TV shows, etc. that DON'T have hardcoded subs.  I find that when subs are present, I have trouble ignoring the subs, and almost feel like I'm working on my reading speed more than anything.  Netflix has movies with toggleable subs, but tend to like long-running programs to work on listening and understanding comprehension.

 

For example, if I'm watching 家有女儿, 非诚勿扰, or 爱情公寓 on youtube, I have a pretty solid understanding of what is going on.  I just am not sure what my understanding would be if I weren't exposed to those hardcoded subs, and would like to work on that.  It seems that Chinese programs almost always include hardcoded subs, unfortunately.

 

Any suggestions?  Most postcasts I've found tend to be a bit above my listening comprehension (like 故事FM).

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.

zander1

Netflix now has lots of Chinese TV shows as well as movies, you can toggle the subtitles off on them. 

 

As a more “direct” alternative I used to just cover up the subtitles with a piece of card.

  • Helpful 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wurstmann
56 minutes ago, zander1 said:

As a more “direct” alternative I used to just cover up the subtitles with a piece of card.

Or with a notepad etc. window:

mpv_lbYHCQDnkS.jpg

  • Like 1
  • Helpful 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TheBigZaboon

As @zander1 said, there is some benefit in just covering the subtitles physically. A little piece of paper covering the bottom of the screen on your tablet should do it.

 

Another method is to select videos and movies with subtitles in a language you don't understand. In my case, I just select Indonesian subtitles, which for some reason, I'm able to ignore easier than English, even though I can read them.

 

There are other methods, too.

 

One of my Chinese teachers, a Japanese guy, had a little app on his Apple iPod he used to cover the subtitles of videos and movies he showed us in class via the tv monitor in the classroom. The height and location of the cover was adjustable. But this was ten years ago and part of the Apple universe I have no experience with, so I don't know how to find it now. Sorry...

 

TBZ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wurstmann

I just made a small program that displays a resizable black bar and is always on top. ^^ You can close it via Escape or Alt+F4

mpv_dAGd2j6uAr.jpg

SubtitleHider.exe

  • Like 1
  • Helpful 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TheBigZaboon

Quick response!!!

 

What operating systems will it work with???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wurstmann

Only windows atm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TheBigZaboon

Thank you.

 

Maybe I'll try to find something androidy in the play store later today. Actually, I'm glad the OP bought this question up. Maybe there's an existing app out there somewhere.

 

TBZ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...