Until now, I never...
Watched a French Movie without Subtitles

the intouchables

My sister had recently recommended I watch the French movie “The Intouchables” which you can stream on Netflix, and so I decided I would try and watch it without subtitles to find out how good or bad my French is.  Apparently it is terrible.  Unless they were shouting, I understood very little.  What the heck?  I thought I was pretty good at understanding it way better than speaking it, but now I know I stink at both.  Or could it be that it’s just harder to understand French in a move when there are so many other sounds going on?  Or did they just talk too fast?  Funny thing is, I understood the story line pretty well without knowing what they were saying, just by watching the action.  But it drove me crazy not knowing what they were saying, so I turned it off half way through.  I watched it again the next night with the subtitles, and it was much better.  In fact it was great.  I loved that movie.  And I don’t think it’s the end of my experiment.  I want to try it again with some other French movies, or maybe watch it once with the subtitles first, and then watch them without, and maybe I’ll learn better that way.  We’ll see…