Listening is, without a doubt, the most important part of language learning.
Far to many classes, blogs and people take a “spoken only approach” or a “character only approach” for Chinese. These approaches, while they may be more fun, generally don’t work as well as focusing more on listening.
Even AJATT, who I always considered the pioneer of the SRS groupies, agrees
Let me be clear.
That is the “order of priority”, the “order of operations” as far as getting used to a language is concerned.
The number one killer of fluency is insufficient listening = hearing = passive exposure = shadowing time.
And frankly, the research agrees: learners with better listening skills reach higher skill levels, and have better pronunciation. The big question I have is why don’t more people care about improving their listening skills?