I am have been studying Italian for quite a while now. I have good reading skills and can understand most written Italian, but my problem is understanding it in spoken form. It just frustrates me. I now get a TV channel that plays RAI programs every day. I listen to them but I just get discouraged because I can only pick up a few words here and there. For those English or other non-Italian speaking peoples who are now fluent in Italian, how long did it take for you to have good oral comprehension skills? Is watching Italian TV programs a good way to learn or do I need to speak with Italians in order to get sufficient practice. I now live in New York City so I am sure I can find someone that speaks Italian here, or I can go to the Italian consulate. Thanks for your help.