In this moment, I love that my native language is portuguese
Io sono= I am
Only sono it could be reffered to i am or they are depending from the context.
The present tense is:
Io sono= i am
Tu sei = you are
Egli/Lei/Esso è= he/she/it is
Noi siamo= we are
Voi siete= you are
Essi sono= they are
In other words Io- I Sono- am Maria- Still Maria So I am Maria. or My Name is Maria...
Is Maria also a girls name in Italy? (the sentence is spoken by a man)
Maria is only a girls name but Duolingo will use a speaker of either sex regardless of the gender of the name.
Is "io" pronounced "ee-o" or "yo"?
It's pronounced ee-o, but if you say it quickly it sounds similar to "yo".
What's the difference between Io sono and sono?
There isn't. They both mean "I am". In everyday speech people will tend to drop the "io".
Thanks. So when I go to Italy I should just say sono?
Yes, unless you want to add emphasis.
Funny that a male says that his name is maria. that made my day.
I know a lot of boys that have Maria as their middle name, so maybe this applies to Italian, too?
But the voice is male.