Since j is pronounced as y in german, Duo is actually saying Yulia, not Julia
Exactly. You can also hear some real recorded pronunciations on sites like Forvo and Dict.cc. Bookmark them, as these sites will be very helpful when you think the robo-voice on Duolingo is getting it wrong (which it does sometimes).
When that happens, please don't just write endless comments about it - click the "Report a Problem" button so that Duolingo can be improved! Improvements are only made by those problem reports - the programmers do not read the comments!
"It doesn't sound like Julia to me" made me laugh because they used a guy's voice to say "Ich bin Julia."
It really helps to learn the alphabet and it's pronunciation in what ever language you are learning. There is one at http://german.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/The-German-Alphabet.htm or http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/guide/alphabet.shtml. Both have audio with pronunciation and tips. The BBC one has also other languages on their site. It really helps so one does not try to ponounce the German, or any language one is learning with english/american/any native language sounds. No matter how well one learns the vocabulary, people will have a hard time anderstanding if the words/letters are just strung together english sounds. I found out the hard way.:)
Whoaaa, I thought you had to say Ich heisse... not Ich bin. WE learned this from German 1
'Ich bin Julia' = 'I am Julia', whilst 'Ich heiße (heisse) Julia' = 'I am called Julia'. The first one is more commonly used in both languages.
Ich bin Julia = I am Julia.
Ich Heisse Julia = I am called Julia.
Mein Name ist Julia = My name is Julia.
Whenever I go to Germany I hear them put an article in front of a name like: ich bin die Julia or: Wo ist der Tim.
You can use it pretty similarly to English " ich bin Julia /klein/alt/jung... = I am Julia /little/old/young...." "Ich bin" is a conjugation of "sein =to be".
"Ich heiße = I am called" is a conjugation of "heißen" you can use when you want to say I, he, she, they... is/are called. It can't be used in other instances like "sein -to be"
For example, if you say: "sie sind neu " it means "they are new" but if you used "sie heißen New" you would be saying "they are called New" which would only make sense and work if that was actually their name.
It really helps to read the "tips and notes" on Duo. there is a conjugation table for "sein" at: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Plurals :)
I also really like using http://www.dict.cc/?s=hei%C3%9Fen to clarify/translate. The site has audio and often entire phrases as well.
J is pronounced as "y" in German so it will sound like "Yulia" and not "Julia". Also, since "ich" means "I" and "bin" means "am" then the sentence is therefore, "I am Julia."
My name.... given to me by my mother is actually Julia, it freaked me out the first time I saw it on here... I've been thinking of changing my name though...
English places the stress of ‘Julia’ on the first syllable (Júlia), and so does my native Swedish, but German seems to place the stress on the second and last syllable (Juliá). Interesting!