I continue to have trouble with understanding the slowly spoken Italian. There is no problem with my hearing . I think that for beginners like me we need to have much more clearly enunciated syllables even where words would be spoken much more quickly for/by a fluent Italian speaker.
Well here are some examples . . . but they seem all over the place to me. http://italian.about.com/od/verbs/a/italian-verb-fare-proverbs-sayings.htm