Graduate from subtitles faster, watch these 5 high-context video types
When reading subtitles, our brain tends to focus on the reading and not the listening part. Reading subtitles works, but doing so all the time is very inefficient. The workaround for this is watching high-context videos, where the vocabulary can be intuited by the scene itself. Dramas typically have little context, since the plots are complicated and things are happening behind the scenes. Choose these types of videos to turn off the subtitles faster:
Cooking videos are loaded with context, not to mention that food is a common topic shared by everyone. For example, they might say “add 2 eggs” or tell you the temperature to set the oven. Cooking videos have so much context that you can get to a place where you can turn off the subtitles very quickly. The chef is describing everything they’re doing in that exact moment.
I have found gamers on YouTube building Sims houses in Finnish, Mandarin, and Dutch. Listening to them describe the rooms as they’re decorating them and describing the families actions is taking context to the extreme. Also their reactions to surprises in the game (screaming “oh no,” for example) represent real life scenarios.
City tour / apartment tour vlogs
Phrases like “welcome to my home” and “this is my kitchen” are high context scenarios that help you graduate from using subtitles. Make sure you pick a video that is dialogue dense, because you lose the language benefits when they pan to a landscape for 30 seconds. City tours are excellent too, and have the added benefit of learning cultural differences. You get to…