I think the slower one is comprised of a clip of each word, while the faster one is an actual reading of the sentence with the flow you would hear a native french speaker use. In french you'll notice that the words tend to blend into each other, especially when you listen to someone who is fluent. This can make it hard to recognize the specific words for someone trying to learn the language.
It's the normal way we speak, French people, when we know we speak to some people who are not fluent, we try to pronouce better. Sitesurf is French and it makes no problem to French people, it's only weird for beginners who can't recognize the words because they are linked by the liaison, because French language has no stress in the tone, and because you don't know the words. When you know well the words, and know how to pronounce them yourself, you will recognize them.
Yes, it's pronounced but difficult to hear. If you listen closely there are two different sounds after garcon and before journal, in fact I think the "un" is more prevalent. The issue is the speaker is blending them together, which sounds like one syllable, maybe "aun".
I would say part of it is recognizing that journal is masculine and therefore would use "un", and that, based on the context of the sentence, "a" makes the most sense as the verb. As you practice listening to the language more it becomes easier to pick up on these things, good luck!
The pronunciation is peculiar for someone not used to French. I think it will help to listen to french on the french tv channels or french radio stations through the web. Well, it is an idea...I think doing a search under tv francaise will come up with a multitude of resources to help with the pronunciation....
Good idea! I listen to French radio in periods. Here is someone who has already compiled a list of French media resources: http://french.about.com/od/news/
But for the total beginner, I think it is more useful to listen to just a couple of words at a time, to be able to pick up all new sounds.Then www.forvo.com is the place.
I'm not sure if you can do it while swyping inherently, but if you press and hold the "C" button the keyboard should display several accented "C" options, this being one of them. If you then save "garçon" into your dictionary it should come up while you swype. It might depend on your phone, but that should work (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4)!
Bonus Fact: the symbol in question above is called a cedilla!
Go into keyboard settings and add french language keyboard. Then whe. You need to type un french, switch to french keyboard. The swype and word replacement suggestions will be in french. It will automatically add accents and cedilla to your words. Then when you want to type in english switch keyboard to english. On my samsung phone this us as easy as sliding left and right on the space bar.
Am i hearing things or does the 'le' in front of garcon sound like 'lew'?