I wanted to basically ask you at what point it is you start thinking about your level in Listening and Speaking in a language. I often recall hearing in your videos that enjoying a language for you doesn't necessarily mean speaking it from Day 1. I also recall hearing speak a lot of the Russian podcasts you listen to, may I ask, Do you understand them without a transcript of any sort and also, at what point in the 5 years of Russian (if I remember correctly) you have studied were you beginning to understand podcasts to a level that you are now.
I ask this because, In Danish for me, Listening (and speaking, but I know why my speaking isn't improving) is the only part of my studies I do not feel improving. It angers me a lot that I've been learning for nearly 10 months now and I still can't understand audio from not exactly complicated podcasts about Football. People have always told me to "keep going" but surely it has to get to the point where one says "I've been studying for X many years/months and still can't understand X amount when I listen". The fact my listening skill is so low despite all the listening I do makes me feel like a lot of the listening I have done has been put to waste.