So, how is Kaffee properly pronounced? I hear the female voice say KAFfee and the male voice say kafFEE. Where does the stress go?
The male voice is right. The female voice represents northern regions of Germany (Preussen) where people weirdly say KAFffe.
That's quite a judgmental generalization, Zawerg. Duden indicates that [ˈkafeː] is the standard pronunciation, while [kaˈfeː] is an Austria variant. See also: http://www.atlas-alltagssprache.de/runde-4/f23a-c/ http://prowiki.ids-mannheim.de/bin/view/AADG/KaffeeAkzent
I'm confused, I sometimes listen the word "und" with the final 'd' sound and in other occassions without it. Do I have allutinations or is there any rule that makes a way to pronounce it, and if so, according to what?
As far as I can tell, if the word after "und" begins with a letter like "t" or "d", we can omit the "d" in "und"
Why didn't they include the article for Tee when they did for der Wein, das Bier, and der Kaffee?
Yes, but that's because the next sound after und (which is "t") sounds close to "d". It's like how saying "send this" sounds like "sen this"
wait how is und pronounced because i keep hearing mixed things. I hear unt, un, and und
Listen to it here: https://forvo.com/word/und/#de
Basically it's supposed to be like unt.
In fluent natural speech, it can sometimes sound like un -- a bit like how English and in fluent natural speech sometimes turns into 'n' as in this 'n' that. But that's not the "default" pronunciation.
Best to start with the "proper" pronunciation and let colloquial slurrings and contractions come naturally later after you've heard and spoken a lot of German.
Most gender noun languages have some sort of logic. Spanisj words with a lot of 'A' s are most likely femenine
Ex: La lampara/The lamp.
German objects that end in -ei are often femenine.
Ex. Die Polizei/The police.
Neither of these words are feminine, though, nor do they end in -ei. Nor do most feminine words end in -ei in German. There are a number of endings or even none at all.
That's a lot different from Spanish.
It really does seem like less effort to just remember each individual word's gender than to memorise the complicated list of endings for each gender (and then still have to remember the ones that don't have any specific ending).