Are Subtitles Still a Turnoff for Western Audiences?
During his acceptance speech for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2020 Golden Globes, director Bong Joon-ho had a message for Western audiences: "Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films." His words may seem strange to audiences in Taiwan, where subtitles are present in every movie and TV show, even the Chinese-language ones. In the West, however, subtitles are often seen as a hindrance to viewing pleasure. It's no wonder that foreign films so seldom win the top prizes at awards shows. Subtitles, in one form or another, have been around since the early days of silent film when dialogue was written on-screen between scenes. But as talking cinema became the new standard, English-language subtitles in American movies largely died out. In Asia, on the other hand, films made in Hong Kong—the heart of Asia's film industry at the time—were commonly subtitled. Due to the large number of Chinese dialects spoken both inside and outside of China, subtitles were provided so that everyone would understand the dialogue—no matter what dialect they spoke. As a result, subtitles became a familiar feature for most Chinese film viewers.
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As a result of the coronavirus crisis, a new stay-at-home economy has taken hold and caused a surge in online shopping and gaming, streaming, and food delivery. 由於新冠病毒危機，一股新的宅經濟風潮湧現並造成線上購物和遊戲、串流及食物外送業績大增。
It's no wonder that foreign films so seldom win the top prizes at awards shows. 難怪外國電影很少在頒獎典禮上獲頒最大獎。
However, slowly but surely, the West does appear to be becoming more accepting of subtitles. 然而，緩慢但確實地，西方國家似乎越來越能接受字幕。
Hi sir, may I take your order? 先生您好，我可以為您點餐嗎？
If Mother Nature were an artist, then one of her greatest masterpieces would be Yellowstone National Park. 如果大自然是一位藝術家，那麼她最偉大的傑作之一就是黃石國家公園。
After a long day of exploring, I headed to my hotel to get some rest. 經過一整天的探訪，我前往旅館稍作休息。