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Every time I borrow a DVD from the médiathèque, I always check first to see if there are subtitles in French because reading while listening helps increases my comprehension and vocabulary. I know that closed captioning and subtitles are not always exactly what the characters say, but it’s still better than nothing. Especially since I can’t watch my beloved French in Action videos online anymore because they are only available to people who are in North America.

However, I’m having a problem finding DVDs here that include any closed captioning or subtitling at all. The past three movies that I’ve borrowed had none. In the English-speaking world, 6 out of 7 people use closed captioning as a way of learning English as a Second Language, and they have no hearing disabilities whatsoever. I wish France would see the value in closed captioning, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing people, as well as for those of us who are desperately trying to learn French!

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  • Mlle Smith

    How about TV5? When I was in Germany, they had close captioning in French…here, they have it in French and in English. Perhaps in France, TV5 it in French?

    They definitely do if the show is Quebecois…that’s like another language to them altogether and they never air anything from Canada without sub-titles. It’s pretty funny, actually. :0l

  • Mlle Smith

    How about TV5? When I was in Germany, they had close captioning in French…here, they have it in French and in English. Perhaps in France, TV5 it in French?They definitely do if the show is Quebecois…that’s like another language to them altogether and they never air anything from Canada without sub-titles. It’s pretty funny, actually. :0l

  • Jennie

    We have a grand total of 7 channels because we’re too poor for cable, so I think that’s why I can’t get closed captioning. I would love to have TV5 though!

  • Jennie

    We have a grand total of 7 channels because we’re too poor for cable, so I think that’s why I can’t get closed captioning. I would love to have TV5 though!

  • SUSAN BURG

    hi Jennifer,
    I am from Chicago so we are neighbours…have been living in Florence, Italy since 1978…so as far as learning language goes, and Italy is definately into dubbing and not closed captioning their films..(less reading to do)…you will see that you do improve and eventually become “French” or even “Italian”! I married an Italian and teach English now at the Univ. of Florence.
    I think I found you through a wordpress forum…you responded to my comment about writing sub-pages, which I have now miraculously resolved…it was a bug(?)
    Does that ring a bell?

    ciao, susan

  • SUSAN BURG

    hi Jennifer,I am from Chicago so we are neighbours…have been living in Florence, Italy since 1978…so as far as learning language goes, and Italy is definately into dubbing and not closed captioning their films..(less reading to do)…you will see that you do improve and eventually become “French” or even “Italian”! I married an Italian and teach English now at the Univ. of Florence.I think I found you through a wordpress forum…you responded to my comment about writing sub-pages, which I have now miraculously resolved…it was a bug(?)Does that ring a bell?ciao, susan

  • Gem

    I thought that the documentaries in the afternoon on France 5 could be closed captioned…? I never did it, but someone told me that it was possible. I seemed to catch on to French pretty quickly without the written language… which must be why I am still so bad at written French today.

  • Gem

    I thought that the documentaries in the afternoon on France 5 could be closed captioned…? I never did it, but someone told me that it was possible. I seemed to catch on to French pretty quickly without the written language… which must be why I am still so bad at written French today.

  • Allan

    mms://media.scctv.net/annenberg/French_In_Action_16.wmv

    I watch FIA in England and this link is unrestricted. Use it with winamp – you will need to edit the last bit for every episode you want to watch :)

  • Allan

    mms://media.scctv.net/annenberg/French_In_Action_16.wmvI watch FIA in England and this link is unrestricted. Use it with winamp – you will need to edit the last bit for every episode you want to watch :)

  • Jennie

    Thanks Allan. I recently discovered those links too! My computer (or maybe connection) makes the videos buffer every 10 seconds though, so I still can’t really watch the videos. :(

  • Jennie

    Thanks Allan. I recently discovered those links too! My computer (or maybe connection) makes the videos buffer every 10 seconds though, so I still can’t really watch the videos. :(

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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