are hampered by the crappy quality

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My wife and I were discussing how our efforts to improve at French
are hampered by the crappy quality of cellular voice calls. We don't
notice it when calls in English are of bad quality, my guess is our
brains interpolate and fill in any missing words for us - but in
French, the poor quality is obvious and makes it impossible to
understand the full meaning of what someone is saying. Voicemails
yesterday from our local bike shop where every other word was
unintelligible, as if the guy had a mouthful of marbles. My
- once as normal during the original call and once again when the
voice message is stored. When you play it back it gets compressed
yet again. It's worse that we're both old enough to remember when
a landline and tape-based answering machine.