Unfortunately, my attempts at working my way through this exercise meant that I was trying to walk before I could crawl. I wrote it out carefully, leaving spaces between the French lines, with the aim of filling these with what I thought would be a fairly accurate sound of what I was listening to; so at the beginning "Au cœur du Massif des Maures, c'est autour de ce monastère que les religieux ont planté les premiers châtaigniers au XIIe siècle" would have above each word " oh cur dew mahseef da mawrs, say ohtour da suh monahstair releezhee-eur awn plontay lay prermeeai chattenya see-ecla".
I would welcome any comments on the above, and meanwhile I think I'll keep to the AI listening practice exercises.
Reading B1, Food & Drink, Listening or Seeing B1
I understand your frustration as it is not always easy to understand French natives in full flow ...
What I would suggest is that you aim a little lower, maybe A1, or A2 to see how you get on and gradually build up your understanding.
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Hope this helps!
Your brain needs time to wrap itself around the French sounds and make sense of them. You can help this process by simply exposing yourself to a lot of French language stuff. Listen to it while driving, llisten to French songs on Spotify, put on a French radio station, etc. This can be playing in the background without your absolutely concentrating on it. Slowly, your brain will get used to it and you'll be able to understand better and better.
It's important to give yourself time and to have fun. Stress and negative emotions are big obstacles to this molding process.
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