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Fri, Jun 19, 2020 4:58 AM

Why can’t I select a language for the movies that are suggested for me?

I am from a small rural area where 97% of the population is Caucasian and I would say about 99.5% of the population’s primary language is English. I, myself, can only speak and understand English. I realize I can be considered “uneducated” by some but I’m in my middle age and really not interested in learning how to speak a new language when everyone I speak to knows and speaks English. I understand that many people may enjoy “foreign language” films and television however I do not. I like to read but hearing a different language spoken while trying to read English subtitles isn’t something I want to have to do to In order to understand what is being said. That said I would like it if I could select English (or other people could select their preferred language) as the main language spoken in any suggested movies or tv shows.

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3 months ago

Amanda,

Here is what you can do for now... RATE every English film and series you have seen. The more English-only titles you rate, the more likely the IMDb suggestion algorithm is likely to suggest mostly English-only titles.

DO NOT rate any non-English titles, even if you have seen them. Do NOT even give them low ratings. Don't engage with them at all.

You can also use the Advanced Title Search feature to see English films / series only.

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3 months ago

Amanda, I sympathize with you, but my situation is exactly the opposite.. In my European country of residence, it's been possible for a number of years now to choose between the original language and the dubbed version. That's the ideal, of course. I'm a reasonable linguist and hardly ever choose the dubbed version, but I have to agree that both versions should be available.
I've seen films in Switzerland that had subtitles in 4 languages. Now that IS a nightmare!