Interested in Language
I have been practicing English listening for a while already. Now I can understand 80% of Obama's or Ambassadors' speeches, 70% of CNN or BBC news reports. However, the same can not be said with movies and TV series.
Actually what bother me aren't really slangs and idioms because I know they are slangs and idioms when I hear them even if I don't understand. So I am not even going to try figure out what they mean.
However in many movies, people don't really speak clearly, especially in action movies. It seems like actors really try to mimic the ways that people who are inarticulate themselves speak English. With that being possibly true, I understand 0% of their words when they are jabbering or mumbling. For those parts, no matter how many times I replay the clips, I just never get it.
So out of my sheer curiousity, I just wonder, do you (native speakers with a college degree or above) understand 99 to 100% of what people say in all the movies and TV series in English?
I really thank you for taking the time to reply to this!
Last edited by LeTyan; 20-Jan-2014 at 10:37.
I don't think most actors are pretending to be inarticulate. That's just the way they are. Especially in action movies.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
In many shows, there is so much extraneous noise (music, background noise) that covers up the dialogue, that it is very difficult to hear it all. There is also the problem of people who mumble, people with very strong accents, people using regional dialects and many other factors. I would say that I hear and understand about 99% of the dialogue in all the TV shows and films I see. Occasionally, there might be one character I have trouble understanding.
For me, the accent/dialect is probably the biggest challenge. I went to see "O Brother Where Art Thou" at the cinema and I understood perhaps 50% of the dialogue. The characters spoke with such a strong southern American accent that I really struggled. I actually rented the film on DVD shortly afterwards and watched it at home with the subtitles. I am at a complete loss when I hear "black streetspeak" but my flatmate understands almost all of it.
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