The recording doesn't sound correct to me. Here is another example: http://www.forvo.com/word/menu/#nl
I think the stress should be on the second syllable and the "e" is pronounced as a schwa. For the "u" you need to shape your mouth as if you're going to whistle and then say "ee" as in "tree".
NiNo, they are not:
Ik lees Jij leest Hij/zij leest
Wij/jullie/zij (plural) lezen
'Lezen' is also the infinitive and noun: 'Ik kan jouw handschrift niet lezen'. 'Lezen en schrijven zijn dingen die je leert op de basisschool'.
When the word order is inverted, the second person singular loses its t: 'Lees jij het nieuws op je smartphone?'
Duolingo should be an application for teaching languages should not be an application like a game. That of the hearts or lives should remove them because as I say duolingo should be an application to teach not to play. Mime is very disturbing that when I do something wrong that takes away a life but that people do not like that duolingo have those lives