English is my only fluent language and for what it's worth, I thought the te part was pronounced fine. I don't mean to step on any toes! Duolingo is awesome! I find that as I keep doing these exercises, I understand the audio better and better every day. Just takes practice; our ears become attuned to pick up these words.
When I press the audio button at the top of this comment page, each word is very clear. I wish I could figure out how to access quickly this exact question again in the lesson so I could hear if they fixed the recording sometime in the last month, or if my ears were just not working. :)
I agree that it is a matter of politeness. On the one hand, the question "would you like?" is asking about the predicted emotional response of the person receiving the item. On the other hand the question "do you want?" is delving into the baser level of human wants. There is a qualitative difference between the two inquiries.
I thought this, too. But, then I thought maybe it's meant to be like the polite version of you, the way "vous" means plural you / polite you in French. (Now that I say this, I'm not sure it's accurate. I think I need to go back and review the basics again.) I guess you could also say, "Do you guys want a cup of tea?" in English, and everyone would know that it doesn't mean a single cup, to share. Anyway. Good question :)
would like or want vs want : The easiest way out is to state Italian Conditional -ei, -esti, -ebbe, -emmo, -este, -ebbero to parler-. scrive-, finir- But here Vorr- ei (future stem) = I would like. Potere, could and Dovere should in this tense.
Gradire , enjoy, appreciate or Desiderare, desire or want are both verbs for "do you care for" and volere is want. But statements in English "I would like" or "I want" are interchangeable. . Both mean "give it to me now". " I would prefer". Now, I am sure the proper grammarians will annihilate.
Italians also make a big deal of mi piace and the subject pleases you which is always translated as = I like. Just to note "like" vs "want" . And "care for."