So many cool and fun things. @<a href="https://www.italki.com/user/3099273">Felipe B.</a> is right - how much you do counts. But just listening is not enough! You'll need to something with what you listen to. Writing out what you hear (i.e. doing dictations) is a great idea. Here's how to do dictations effectively:
- listen to the podcast or video or whatever it is a couple of times as normal
- choose 3 5-10 second sections that were hard to understand.
- Listen to those sections again 3-5 times and write out what you hear.
- Compare what you wrote with the transcript.
- Analyse your mistakes - did you mishear a word you already know? did you miss a word because it was new? did you confuse 2 similar sounds? This is where you start learning and not just listening!
As for @<a href="https://www.italki.com/user/1480876">AlbertoSt's </a>suggestion, it's a good idea, but that's not the only way to use subtitles. I've written an article about an effective strategy for using subtitles to better understand spoken English. You can find it here: https://www.leo-listening.com/freedom-from-subtitles-in-3-simple-steps/