Lol, Totally! I tried to listen fast and slow several times but it all sounded so mushed. I couldn't tell what the heck she was saying! I just kept imagining talking to this French person and being like what?... What...? WHAT??? Can you say that again??? -And then just saying it over and over, losing their patience with me, lol!
The difference between un and le are more subtle than americans are used to. Im american but after learning mandarin ive learned to hear subtle differences i think.
Anyway as someone else has said, don't expect this to sound like English, it's French and part of its beauty is it's fluidity.
There's no progressive tense in French, so "I'm writing the menu" and "I write the menu" are always translated by "J'écris le menu". Most of the langages on Earth has not progressive tense, and it's not really a problem. There's a form in French if you really want to be specific, and saying the action is not finished yet, it's "être en train de..." Je suis en train d'écrire le menu. But I don't recommend you use it unless you really need the info, "j'écris le menu" is better.
You can chose between I am and I'm in English but you cannot chose between a contraction or non-contraction in French. Either there is a contraction or there isn't.
The contraction is a vowel at the end of a word that falls off and is replaced by an apostrophe (') which links it to the next word that always begins with a vowel sound: j'écris, l'homme (the h is silent here).
Because French is meant to be a beautiful sounding language, like other Romance languages. English and other germanic languages are not.
In French, words are pronounced in a lovely flow, linking along a sentence like pearls on a string. Pronouncing "Je" and the 'é' sound of "écris" separately and distinctly breaks that flow. So they are combined into a single syllable, "J'é" ('zhay') sound.
é= pronounced like in café, Beyoncé. Remember that almost all the English words with a "é" comes from the French. è=(also ê or ë) pronounced like in "they", "say". e= without accent is generally pronounced like the "a" in "alone". Except in some easy cases I won't explain here. ô= is pronounced making a real "o" form with your mouth. Same thing for "â", the a sound is like ahhhh. For î, it doesn't change the pronounciation at all, just a mark of a former "s" in some cases. ü = says that the letter "u" has to be pronounced alone.