If you know the "am" is there, you can kinda hear it. But you'd never hear it if you didn't know.
How do you know when to use "am" and when "an"?
'am' goes before labial consonants: anything that uses your lips like m, b, p, or f. 'an' goes before vowels or any other consonants.
Not quite. For masculine nouns (biadh is); 'an t-' before a vowel, 'am' before labial consonants, 'an' before all other consonants.
I cannot hear the 'am' at all no matter how much I listen
The speaker runs 'Tha' right into 'am' and this is quite typical in actual speech.
I don't care if it is typical in actual speech; for beginners it should be clearer. Once we are more confident we know what to expect.
Tha am sounds like ham
neither could I - I listened several times over, and in the end I guessed; unfortunately I guessed wrong.
Why "bhlasta" rather than "blasta"?
glè causes lenition =)
glè mhath - very good
glè bhlasta - very tasty
glè dhorcha - very dark
The 'am' is completely inaudible.