As we all know, Duolingo is great. I've been living in France for 4 months now, and thanks to this website I can talk a bit and read a lot. However my listening skills are not the best. As the purpose of Duolingo is to train you up to translate written text, this is understandable.
Recently I stumbled across this
If you download the zip file, you will recieve 738 mp3's of French. If you play them with windows media player, sub-titles will appear. Personally I sorted the files by length, listened to the smallest files first (on repeat) with my eyes closed, and when I thought I could understand what is being said I read the sub-titles and moved on to the next file.
Some of the character's voices are annoying and it is certainly not as fun and addictive as Duolingo, but if you really need to teach yourself French it's an extremely effective tool. Not to mention free!
Thank for your advice. If you want to make listening exercises I strongly suggest you to visit the TV5Monde website, in particular this section:
There you can find videos taken from reportages with comprehension tests. I find it outstanding because you listen to authentic french spoken by real people and you can enrich your vocabulary with daily life words (for ex. boucle de ceinture!). Moreover you can always check the transcription below, which is also really cool :)
The entire program is top drawer, yes some of it silly, but that's the way it goes.