However well you can speak Italian, if you can’t understand what others say to you in return, you’ll not get far.
This is so obvious, it’s often overloooked, especially at lower levels.
Listening more effectively means developing the skills to manage a rapid flow of input and deal with complexity and uncertainty.
It’s not so much a question of understanding everything, as of getting yourself to the point where not understanding everything doesn’t cause such a problem.
The trick with listening is to aim for ‘effective’ rather than ‘perfect’.
So how to develop your listening skills?
Practice, of course!
So here’s today’s free Italian listening exercise to give you something to get your teeth into.
Easy Italian readers, online Italian lessons, find, shop, click.
(See? You can understand a lot, even without grammar!)