I’ve been watching Japanese anime for a few years now and I always watch in Japanese with English subtitles. I probably only understand about 30% of what’s going on if I don’t have the subtitles on. A lot of the times I’ll hear words I’ve started learning in the dialogue and try to match that to the English sub and try to get an idea of how I’d translate without the subtitles. I often find it difficult because of just the sheer amount of stuff going on/being said, and let’s be real there’s lots of words in anime that don’t seem to be used elsewhere.
My question is, should I start trying to watch without subtitles? Should I turn on Japanese subtitles to better try and see when the vocab I’m learning is coming up? I’ve started reading and I think that helps but I think I’m stuck in a gap where I just don’t understand enough to follow without English subtitles, and not sure I’m growing enough with what I’m doing.
Would love to hear others thoughts!