I explained how I spent countless hours myself making my own material, asking people for favours and pushing the generosity of my friends and teachers to the limits.
But I had no answer for others wanting to learn in the same way in different languages, and honestly, I felt angry.
In the back of my mind throughout was the thought: “I shouldn’t have had to do all this myself!”
“People who are trying their very best to learn a new language shouldn’t have to torture themselves with material that’s too hard, and suffer the endless frustration that comes with it.”
After all, it’s not your fault that good intermediate listening material doesn’t exist!
You might expect publishers to have a go at this challenge, but the truth is publishers are too busy making more textbooks...because they know that’s what people will keep buying.
And also, I suppose, it’s not easy to make effective, compelling listening material, unless you've learned languages yourself and know what works.
But when you have this material, the results in your listening comprehension can be incredible...