This is an example of one I fail constantly. Why is "surlatelero" almost one word? If I can read the words too it's clear, audio alone they blur and I have to write 1 long word then try and break it apart. To me this sentence sounds like 3 clear words at the start, with a long one at the end. Is this correct/common, or is it just not spaced quite enough? This is my first attempt at learning another language so I have little idea what I'm doing.
Another example is "la knabo" which I've often heard as "lak nabo". The k somehow moves over (but not with say, "la vino"). Being a total beginner not sure if that's correct or it's being informally read.
Having taken the German course, there are a few features I've found that are missing from this Esperanto course. One of the features being namely that there's no option to hear the phrase spoken slowly. I think this is just the effect of this course still being in Beta. I think/hope they're working on slowed audio for the final version of the course.
It is more difficult to understand it when you can't hear it slowly, but I think it does actually make you better at the language in the long run. After all, an esperantisto won't say each word individually :)
that trilled "r" got slurred into the following "l" with "sur la." It's pretty hard to understand.
Nope, it's the object of the preposition "sur". Prepositional objects don't get the accusative -n.
Not to mention, the verb is "estas", and being-verbs create predicate nominatives, not direct objects. So it wouldn't have an accusative -n anyway.
Unless, of course, it's a preposition like "en" which without -n shows location and with -n shows motion and you want to show motion.
Ah, so it's a lot like German. I don't think I knew that. So "en" would be "in" and "en -n" would be "into" I suppose.