"The boy is eating."
The Hebrew we are learning in this course follows the subject verb pattern, not verb subject pattern, so I don’t think the lion would say אוכל הילד okhel ha-yeled.
He would say ha-yeled okhel with this stress on okhel on the first syllable. But to be even clearer, he could say Ha-yeled hu okhel.
yod (י) has an "y" sound. Vav (ו) a "v", "o" or "u" sound (depending on the context) and (ן) is a final "nun" (נ), you can diferentiate it from vav because it goes "under" the line, it is longer. The final nun, as the name suggests, is a nun (a "n" sound) when it is at the end of the word (other letters have "final" versions too). Just remember that the smaller is a "yod", the middle is a "vav" and the longer is the final "nun". Take a look at the alphabet table to assosciate the letters to the sounds and during the lessons, will you decorate them. I hope i was helpful, good luck in your studies.