Well, Buggah is right. I myself used to listen with the text and it took a lot of time if u wanna practise seriously. First listen without the text, then read the writing and close ur book to listen only again, then listen and read all rolled up in one, then listen only again, write down what u hear and check it. If it’s bad, listen again ... Only doing such things made me feel that my listening skill really got better. I recommend anyone NEVER do that !
Here is one of the 7 secrets of learning English :
Do you know the difference between the verbs TO LISTEN
and TO HEAR? TO LISTEN is active. TO HEAR is passive.
Sometimes you can LISTEN too hard. Sometimes you can TRY
too hard. Sometimes it is better only to HEAR. Let the
radio play. Let the cassette play. But DON'T listen.
Just HEAR. Your subconscious will listen for you. And
you will still learn. If you listen and try to
understand, you may block on one word and get
frustrated. Don't worry! Just HEAR! Believe me, you will
still be learning. The important thing is to let the
radio or cassette or television or record PLAY. Let it
play. And you - you do nothing. Your brain will HEAR,
your subconscious will LISTEN and you will LEARN!
More about NOT listening
Hope it helps.
(Buggah, 4 what u wrote, i very much admire ur listening, i still have troubles with English movies ... why on earth do they have to whisper/scream like that? Don’t they know that they r teaching me English ?)