I agree. I was just about to get on and vent because this speaker is driving me nuts. You can go to http://es.forvo.com/word/yo/ and hear different regional pronunciations of "yo".
Most do not pronounce it as "jo" like the speaker, but as"yo". Thus, some variety in the pronunciations would be nice. Her accent is so strong sometimes it leads to confusion, even when you slow her down. I live in the South in the US, in a city. Have somebody from the city speak to you in English and they generally speak a more "standard" type of American English (if that can be claimed), which is easier for the majority to understand. However, once you leave the city, you very quickly run into strong accents which can be difficult to understand, even to someone who lives only miles away in the city. This is not an incorrect way to speak English, it's just more difficult for the majority to understand. In my opinion, the speaker here on DL seems to have traces of strong regional accent like this which are NOT easy for the majority to understand.
Also the majority of students are in the US and they will have overall a greater use for the Spanish of the Americas, what with the huge evolving population of Spanish speaking people in the US and how many are planning trips to Central and South America (as well as Puerto Rico) for either a vistit or to stay. My guess is that the majority of the students have good reason to learn Spanis while just a!few are studying it just to give them something to do.
If you were a high achieving secondary school graduating senior, you might apply to many schools, or many schools would be seeking you out for attendance. In this sense "She heard FROM many universities" would be a common statement at least in USA. And, from is one of the possible hints. But, hey, no fight here:)
I suppose the context could be:
"She heard about many universities. Then, she decided which one she wanted to go to."
Then later, after applying to some:
"She heard from many universities. She decided to go to..."
Is there no distinction in Spanish between "She heard about..." and "She heard from..."?
I answered: She heard lots about colleges. Which was rejected but the following answers were accepted. Correct solutions: She heard of lots of colleges. She heard about many universities. And the sentence discussions haven't been helpful. What should the standard Spanish translation and context be for the sentence?
Your translation is incorrect because "muchas" can only be an adjective applying to "universidades" because it's feminine and plural. It must mean "many" or "lots of".
In order to say "She heard lots about..." You'd have to say "Ella oyó mucho de..." Here, mucho is an adverb applying to the verb.
"De" can mean from, of or about here. Both translations given by Duolingo are acceptable, but the meanings that are accepted by speakers seem to vary by region. There's a discussion about this in this thread.