"Several" is most certainly not the same as "A Few" or "A Couple", It's larger than either, I'd probably rank "Several" as somewhere between "A Few" or "A Handful" and "Lots", Which is a quite wide range, As it can be used in, Well, Several circumstances.
Looking it up, "Parecchie" seems to mean what we'd call "Several" in English, But more specifically on the higher side of it, And it also extends to more than that, Based on the definitions given by Wiktionary, Collins Dictionary (Which seems to have changed their definition since your comment), And Cambridge's Italian-English dictionary, The latter of which also gives "Plenty", Which seems a decent translation.
"If you think you know it better than an Italian then ok good luck"
TheFlyingCelt, if you are a native speaker and you are telling me Duo's pronunciation is off, then of course, I believe you. I know very little. I'm just trying to get it all straight, that's all.
Thanks for your comment.
hi JoyceA! my reply was to TomSFox. yes, I'm a native Italian and I noticed that many times, especially with Italian: Duo's voice is often wrong with the stress on words. In this case I would say it lingers too long on the two "A". the "P" are fine. actually in Italian when you say a double you have to imagine to "stumble" on that letter and drag it long. if it can help try to pause on the first double letter and then start speaking again on the second double letter. greeting from Milan, Italy :)
I would understand "quite many" if you said it in a sentence, but it's not really good English. You can say "Quite a lot" or you can say "many."
The program can't keep my transitions from phone to computer straight. That's fine. It's a small matter---Or it would be, if the lessons I seem to have done 3 or 4 times (don't know why) this round, were possible to switch out for the ones I was having trouble with. Why would Duolingo obscure all the chapters within each area of study? When there were 3 or 9, we could repeat the cluster most filled with daunting words or use of verbs or verb forms. Now I'm going blindly--and apparently endlessly--through rounds I DON"T NEED. It is a waste, and I don't understand what the benefit is meant to be.