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No, but the 'y' sound in Mandarin is difficult because it is not the full and drawn out 'y' of the American English word of 'yes,' but is closer to the 'i' in machine, but with glide that makes it sound y-ish. My guess is that you hear a 'g' because the sound is strange for a 'y,' or the Duolingo staff fixed it before I got here.
The dictionary translates "Yuan" both as Yuan and Dollar, so can I translate it as Euro or Yen as well?
Yuan is 'units' of currency. So it could be used for other currencies ...I was told. However, if another currency is actually specified then I'd suggest that should be used intranslation. In normal language 'kwai' is used. BUt the correct name for the currency is renminbi (peoples' money). Yeah, I know, internationally, the word yuan is normally used. See also: https://ask-a-chinese-guy.blogspot.com/2010/12/rmb-yuan-and-kwai.html
It's not simple, but you can be sure it's a unit for currency. Please see my post for more details: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25665794?comment_id=38975999
It's the Chinese measurement(¥) of money like dollars in US, rupees in India.... I think so....