If you look at the Hebrew I think you'll find your hearing is really good. When I can't make sense of what I'm hearing I try to right the sounds in Hebrew and then break them up into words. It only really works if you can remember the vocabulary but it does help. My first attempt however was nonsense, I didn't hear the syllables as clearly as you!
You can hear the words individually in the Memrise Duolingo Hebrew vocabulary course. You can hear it slowed down in the Reverso translating app if you go in and slow the audio setting. Mine sounds drunk she's so slow.
Why is there no ה at the beginning of לשאלה? Isn't it usually required when the noun is associated with a possessive?
The utility letters כ, ל, ב, swallow the definite article. The ה disappears, and they receive its /a/ sound.
Can תשובה "answer/reply" also mean "a returning", as in the Biblical word teshuva? Also, can these words be used as verbs and nouns?
לענות is also answer, they are different tenses/ different people Different parts of speech.
I'm learning too..
תשובה - noun עונה לענות - verb
17 Jan 2019
I am confused whether to pronounce the "t" separately from "sh" or just merge them together as "ch".
Thanks! Really helpful. Just to clarify. That short /e/, is that a schwa or just the /e/ sound you found in "end"?
I suppose that ideally it should be schwa. (Well, ancient Hebrew /invented/ the word שווא (-: ). However, very few native Hebrew speakers, even if they do their best at formal pronunciation, would actually have more than one level of /e/. Maybe old newcomers whose mother tongue was Arabic and they retained traditional reading of the scriptures. But I'm no expert on this.