Last week I wrote that watching Vietnamese films or dramas as a beginner can be a fun way to immerse yourself in Vietnamese and help to attune your ear to Vietnamese. To make this enjoyable as a beginner, it’s best to watch the video with subtitles in a language you are fluent in (eg. English subtitles).
For elementary or intermediate learners who want to improve your listening or pick up new vocabulary, watching with Vietnamese subtitles can make native language material (which may be too fast or full of slang) accessible to you.
Here are 3 places you can find Vietnamese movies, films or dramas with either Vietnamese or foreign subtitles:
1. More Vietnamese’s “Vietnamese With Subtitles” playlist on YouTube (vi)
I’ve put together a YouTube playlist of Vietnamese short films and other videos with Vietnamese subtitles.
Currently the playlist has 15+ videos and I’ll continue adding more as and when I find them.
2. Vietnamese movies and dramas on Viki.com (en, fr, es)
Fan-made subtitles for dramas and movies worldwide. Most Vietnamese videos on the site have been subbed in English, with a sizeable number also available in French. The occasional video has Spanish subtitles.
Unfortunately the fans who make the English subtitles usually translate straight to English without putting up Vietnamese subtitles. So far I’ve used a VA to transcribe Episodes 2-4 of The Curse of Sapphire. For one-offs this is cheap but it would be quite expensive to do this for everything. If a few people chip in I’d be happy to arrange some more transcriptions.
A blog post recommending 10 Vietnamese movies with English subtitles and linking to each on YouTube.
Over to you: Do you watch Vietnamese films or dramas? Do you find using subtitles useful? Would you like to see more Vietnamese videos with Vietnamese subtitles?