For example the show I like in Italian "Camionisti In Trattoria" which is about a guy hitchhiking with truckers and eating at cafes they recommend, and at the end of the show one of the 3 truckers and the resturant win a prize. I'm happy watching this, I get nearly all of the parts where he is talking to the truckers and asking why they do it, and other stuff about wifes, husbands, etc. I get most of the talk about food except for the names for various dishes, which quite honestly I don't really feel any need to learn.
However, I am "getting the gist" and following the show, but I don't understand like I would if it was in English. So what I want train myself to do is understand the show like I would in English. Not to the point where I'm listening to my wife, looking at my phone and understanding the show at the same time. Just "get it", not "get the gist of it".
My experiment probably needs to be tempered with more vocabulary aquisition as someone suggested, and probably doing intensive listening. Last night I watched "Camionisti In Trattoria" Season 1, Episode 1, then I watched it again. The second pass was much better. So now I'm thinking rather than watching 4.5 hours of shows, to watch the same show multiple times one night. Basically for the repetition.
- Watch, pickout unknowns and look up