My written Mandarin Chinese is likely B2 while speaking and listening are practically useless, likely A1 on CEFR scale. I'm now trying to improve the listening and speaking fluency, but for me it is practically impossible to improve it. Specifically because,
Most people recommend to watch movies or news to improve listening (with subtitiles)
But watching them is extremely difficult and practically impossible to catch up with unless you already reach enough level to understand them
In other words, watching movies or news requires quite a high hurdle (B2) while there is no enough resource to progress from practically useless level (A1) to the level you understand movies or news (B2).
This is quite different from reading, as there are enough steps to progress from A1. Reading a user's comment on a news if the news is too long, or creating a Twitter account to tweet if writing an article is too daunting, etc... And you can gradually transite to more difficult, longer, complex sentences.
But this sounds unfeasible for speaking and listening. And many people suggest that you should have realistic goals to be consistently motivated, but since the level is too apart, I find I soon get bored, irritated or even depressed once I start to watch movies, as I don't understand them at all.
So how can I progress to the level that you can use movies or news?
The question is about Mandarin Chinese but this happened all languages I have ever learned.