Translation:New York is both a city and a state.
Unfortunately yes... Her very thick American accent makes it very hard to understand.
American? I'd have said both her accent and her voice sound German or Swiss German.
Yes, you are right, Cesar. Too strong American accent in this sentence. Latin accent should resemble Italian accent more than any other one... But on the other hand, there is no opportunity to learn Latin in this way (easy and free) all over the world, and believe me: the old methodology at school, when I studied Latin many years ago was the Hell itself. Anyway, I miss a lot the names of many cities of the Ancient World. I hope they will appear later...
Just how it works. Pretty common. Greek uses και...και to do the same thing.