(Disclaimer that this is all from my own experience with a small sample size, so for all I know none of this is true)
When I talk to other guys it feels much harder to understand what they’re saying. They do a lot more slurring and seem to speak a lot faster than women. It’s hard to keep up a conversation when I get ~20% of what they’re saying (as opposed to understanding >=60% of what women are saying).
How have other learners dealt with this? My current solution is to just keep putting myself in these conversations even if it’s a bit painful. I think the speech I’m encountering is on the cusp of being comprehensible input but I’m trying to figure out how to get more comfortable with it.