The first word sounds exactly like HAI, not e. There's too much aspiration. If I must translate what your lady says three times, I can never make it though the exercise. Very discouraging. i am Italian and i have taken Italian courses. Very discouraging.
It will be a while before I come back to duolingo, if at all.
They are not useless if they teach you the language. If you don't like it go get Babbel. Oh, wait, Babbel isn't free.