dueling french/understanding what the woman says
I can't get passed the test skill 1 as I rarely can understand everything the woman says. Is there a way to "carry on" to the next level?
You could turn off the speaker, but I would recommend that you use the listening questions. A large part of learning and eventually being fluent in a language is listening... being able to talk with someone and listen to the language. (Learning a language involves writing, reading, speaking, and listening, and often culture is a nice touch.) If you're having trouble, you'll find a slower option so that you can listen to the word/phrase/sentence in a slower manner so that you may understand it. (If you're on a mobile device there'll most likely be a separate button to select. On desktop you just have to click the listen button again soon after listening to it the first time.)