I'm confused about pronunciation. I thought that "ee" in German was supposed to sound like the English "ay" (if it weren't a diphthong) or a longer version of the Spanish "e." That's what it always tells me with the IPA symbols every time I check a dictionary entry with that vowel combination. And yet, every time I listen to the pronunciation, it sounds to me more like the English "ee" (long e sound) or a longer version of the Spanish "i." Has anyone else noticed this or am I just crazy?
Yes! I distinctly hear it pronounced in Duo as it is in English: "T" as in t-shirt or the peg that you shoot a golf ball off of. It is also pronounced that way in several of the German online dictionaries. Yet, my German roommate insists it is pronounced "Tay." Are these different dialects? Can we hear from a native speaker on this?
The correct pronunciation is neither like English "tee" nor like English "tay" (in most dialects).
It's IPA [e:] -- a sound that doesn't exist in English for most speakers. (Perhaps for some in Scotland.)
The female voice I hear on this sentence discussion sounds fine to me.
In a way you can, but the way you use "having" in the english sentance implies drinking and i don't think german can have their version of "have/having" imply drinking. The sentance for "i have tea" is "ich habe Tee". This normally wouldn't imply the actual drinking of the tea in german as far as i know.
There is none. German has no continuous tenses. So Ich trinke Tee can be translated to English as “I drink tea” (say, every afternoon), OR “I am drinking tea” (right now). You have to look at the situation to decide which English tense to use in translation. See Tips and Notes for Lesson 1, all the way at the bottom of the page. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Basics-1/tips-and-notes
No need to shout!
There is no “the” in the translation because there is no definite article der in the original sentence. Ich trinke Tee means exactly what it says: “I drink tea.” In general, often, usually. Not this tea, or that tea, or the tea I bought yesterday. Just tea, as opposed to, say, coffee, Pepsi, or absinthe.