Her speech is normal speech; up to now have speakers been pausing between each word for us beginners. Normally you're supposed to tell where the words are because the stress always falls on the first syllable.
(You can hear the i vowel sound after the tha if you listen carefully, by the way.)
To educate your ears to understand normal speed speech: when you know what the sentence is, listen to it repeatedly while tracing the written sentence with your finger. As for the listeningtranscription exercises, I have a file I've copied the vocabulary and grammar and other shorts into, and when I'm stuck, I go through that until something pops out at me.