For starters, Estonian conversations are usually barely above a whisper, and then there's the sucking in of the air once in awhile when you say "jah." The radio, the TV, the newspaper, this can all be understood. But the actual conversations often come down to:
Mart: Ja, ulla ulla ulla ulla
Andrus: Ei, ma sala sala sala sala
Mart: Vist küll
Are there actual words and sentences in those mumbles? I guess. But it would help me if you could learn to enunciate like Anu Valba and Marko Reikop, who are still the best thing on Eesti Television. Noh, mis juhtus sõbrad? Miks teie telekat on nii jama? Ma arvan et soome TV on ikka parem. Nelonen-il on suusatamine kogu aeg. Aga Kanal 3? America's Funniest Home Videos, dubbed into mumbling Estonian.
Sometimes I wonder if it is possible to gain fluency in this language. But, in reality, it is my first võõrkeel. I'll let you know how it works out.