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I am seeing this question a lot in these lessons, so I am just using a response I used before: the
é sound in ELA (é-lah) as the a in mattress (American English)... or like the one she is using in "ela"; and the
ê sound in ELE (ê-lee) as the first "e" in bent (like the one the robot is using in "leio". Or something like that.
This is how Brazilian Portuguese speakers easily tell them apart--by the sound of the first "e" in ele or ela. I can't guarantee that the robot would say it correctly (especially in turtle speed), but I hope it helps! =]
I'm guessing there are different versions of Duolingo...? There is no slow version in mine. There is the initial (male) voice, which sounds like /Eh-lee es-CREH-vee oh-LAY/ (not e eu leio), while the second (female) voice in the 'Comment' area is fine. For me it's a glitch in an otherwise great learning/refresher tool, but it would be confusing to someone just starting out.