Understanding Longer Sentences
So I'd personally say my Spanish understanding abilities (from listening) are quite decent. But the biggest challenge that I find when listening to Spanish is trying to take in longer sentences.
I'm fine with short sentences as I have less words to work out. Whereas when I'm confronted with longer sentences I start working out words and whilst I'm doing that other words are getting thrown at me and eventually I get lost.
I was wondering wondering if there are any ways to overcome this. (Yes, I watch films in Spanish but it isn't much help to me as I just face that problem)
Fair point - at first glance the post and comments all seemed to be discussing Spanish.
Although, I often notice that the Spanish section of instruction manuals is by far the longest ! :-)
Anyway, the only contribution I have to make is that some of the media players (for example: VLC) are able to play video and audio files at variable speed. Playing media 10-15% slower might give you some more thinking time. I sometimes do this with German.
Other ways you could improve your Spanish:
The reverse tree, the course English for Spanish speakers, is very useful. There you have to translate much more from English to Spanish. Here is the link to the Duolingo Help Center for
"How do I switch my Duolingo course language?" https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/217005666-How-do-I-switch-my-Duolingo-course-language-
Try to read and write in Duolingo's Spanish discussion forums. There you will find the daily used words, sentences and idiom.
Use the web version of Duolingo (http://www.duolingo.com) instead of the App. The web version works also fine on a tablet or phone, when WIFI is available (or 4G/LTE in an internet bundle)