In the beginning i struggled with this particular one also, i was hear 'tha e' and it was very fast for a beginners ears but now I'm over 100 days in i clearly hear it as 'chan eil' and its not fast for me anymore, I'd be curious to see just have many people first struggled but now its clear as a bell.. my advice also is use headphones you can hear a lot of subtle differences that you don't generally hear through a speaker. Practicing helps a great deal too :)
Definitely doesn't sound like tha i or tha e, but also not clearly like chan eil. It is definitely this speaker's (dialect) version of chan eil though. Also, I think that the rest of the sentence helps you interpret it as chan eil, so it does become more obvious with practise.
Also, agree with your later comment; the variety from human voices is much much better than the computer generated ones in other languages.
I can only reiterate what I have said above in previous discussion.. its quite fast for beginners but your ears will catch up it sounds more like 'chan e' as the 'il' is more silent if you click the link below and listen to the same sentence over and over it helps also compare it with "tha' sentences from the same speaker.. its defo not 'tha i' or tha e firstly because the rest of the sentence wouldn't make sense and secondly the 'i' sounds as though you were saying the letter 'E'.. it will come to you eventually, you will one day notice things you couldnt hear before become clearer and the fast speakers are now normal speed to your ears. :)
Sorry I can't be more help as she sounds fine to me :))
I followed this discussion and was glad I was not the only one hearing 'tha i or e'. When I read further on, the comments indicated that if I persisted I would hear it differently. That may be...or one may simply have memorized it as such and not really, distinctly heard it. That's my guess.
A tad harsh there Iain, I feel you need a variety of dialects to be able to train the ear.. when I first started some 200+ days ago I had a lot of trouble with this particular speaker too but perserverance and practice really does help and now I hear 'chan eil' granted its not clearly but if you click the blue highlighted part on the sentence above it takes you into other sentences with the speaker and if you click back and forth to where she says 'tha' and 'chan eil' in the sentence you can hear the differences.. I believe I had said in a prievious comment using headfones really helps too. Please dont give up so quickly, as frustrating as it is its well worth hearing the variety of speakers who are actual humans and not automated voices as other languages have.
I like her. She is worth listening to because she holds the old school Gaelic, learnt on the croft, at her mother's knee, spoken naturally. As learners we should be trying to imitate her dialect, not in any way criticise it! A lot of fluent speakers in the Western Isles are elderly. They are the key to the language surviving by teaching both us and their grandchildren.