Why are subtitles so different from the dialogue in a foreign language film? A subtitler's perspective...
Mistakes like the one above are commonplace on live TV. What I think they meant to say is "the year of the horse". But I'm sure that you've all been in the situation where you're watching a foreign film with English subtitles, and you know enough of the foreign language to know that what is said in the dialogue isn't always the same as what's in the subtitles. Many people find this frustrating, especially when using foreign films to learn a foreign language. So why does this happen? Why are subtitles so different from the spoken dialogue? Here we tell you why...
Translation England's Jonathan Hemming will be attending the First International Conference on Audiovisual Translation (I Congreso Internacional de Traducción Audiovisual) in June in Lima, Perú. A great opportunity to learn from two audiovisual translation masters! This conference is organised by the Universidad César Vallejo in Lima. I hope to see you there!
We translate between Spanish and English.