If I make the gaps longer, or pause it, then I can repeat the phrase, trying to imitate the speakers intonation. It takes quite a few listenings and attempts, but I find it interesting (i think others would hate it!). It is about linking subtle muscular movements with whqt we hear
I have tried really focussing on the details and expression of the speaker (pitch, louds and softs, how the phonemes join up etc), and I think I am gradually getting close (this is in Portuguese, a newish language for me)r. The native speakers really sound different, which makes it a fun exercise.
I should say that I am a musician , and this kind of active listening is maybe a bit like how I would listen to myself , or a student, or a player I would lke to emulate. Ultimently we think of a soud and the muscles somehow do it, but it needs a lot of listeng and experimenting with tiny muscle movements before that happens.
Does this make sense, and do others use similar methods, either consciously or unconciously