As one becomes more comfortable speaking in a foreign tongue, it becomes increasingly crucial to improve comprehension technique too. This is a rather challenging juggling act as once one passes the basic level, the diversity of available language material drops dramatically.... Or does it? While the number of suitable textbooks may decrease, one must start to look further afield for language materials. While definitely more demanding than a textbook, upon reaching the intermediate level, users should start to look at popular media outlets. A great place to start is news channels. My personal channel of choice is the BBC - most of the content is published in Russian and English and in addition, the articles are of a manageable size.