I am wondering when I will be able to understand CNN in Spanish. I try to understand but they speak too fast. I do better reading.I AM LEVEL 16 NOW.
With more practice you will be able to pick out more words but it will take awhile. I am at level 25 and I can`t understand it either.
I'm a native English speaker who grew up fully bilingual in Spanish and English (later, I moved away from my Spanish speaking family, and lost most of my Spanish through lack of use - working on getting it back now).
A few suggestions for you:
If you can, try to watch Cuban content online (there are several Cuban tv channels that broadcast online for free). Cubans tend to speak more slowly, more clearly, and with less slang than many other dialects of Spanish. That doesn't make Cuban Spanish "better," by any means, but it can be a little easier to catch what's being said when your brain is first learning how to make sense of what it hears. Don't watch/listen to only Cuban stuff, because you'll want to be able to understand multiple dialects - but there's nothing wrong with having at least some of your listening time be a little easier to learn from.
Working off that same concept, instead of watching CNN, which moves very fast and has a lot of complicated political and current events vocabulary in any language, try programming for children or teens. You can (and should) adjust this to your level... start out with something for children just starting school, and if/when that's too easy, look for something for slightly older kids, etc, until you've found something that you can understand about 50% of the words and you can guess 25% of the rest from context. Games in Spanish (like flash games, or console games if they're dubbed) can also help quite a lot because you can learn new vocabulary and get feedback when you do it correctly/incorrectly.
There's nothing wrong with watching CNN in Spanish, and it will certainly keep the rhythm of the language in your head, which is a good thing, but it's very hard if not impossible to learn new phrases or vocabulary when you can only pick out three or four words from every minute of speech. You'll learn faster and better if you give yourself a little bit of an easier learning curve first, and then see what you can understand from CNN. :)