This is the first sentence of this excellent presentation.
"J’ai appris une nouvelle incroyable il y a peu de temps."
Took me 5 tries to be able to hear and understand that sentence. Once again, the conclusion occurs to me: with French, I cannot try to hear and understand individual words. They have to exist just as suggestions as they flicker by. If they don't make sense immediately, move on. Quickly.
I am SO grateful that TED talks tend to have English transcripts and subtitles, because this presentation is really worth hearing.