I'm at a stage in learning Turkish where I really want to improve my listening skills. I've decided to use some short educational videos I've found on topics I'm interested in. Unfortunately they don't have captions, so I'll be using them outside LingQ.
Does anyone have any tips on how to use unscripted audio or video in the best way? What kind of tasks could I set myself?
I believe we only really listen and pay attention when there is an aim or clear motivation to do so. The motivation to listen in LingQ is to learn new vocabulary, and hear the sounds of the language. Listening in textbooks generally involves identifying specific information in a passage. But neither of these mirror the kind of listening I do in the real world, when my motivation is to follow a conversation, or understand an answer, or just follow an enjoyable narrative (TV show, film) or discourse on something I find interesting.
Yesterday I was listening to some audio passages without captions. I guess I understood about 20 or 30% of what was being said. My concentration also drifted in some parts. Is listening like this really going to improve my skills over time? It doesn't seem like it, but I don't know what else will.