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Actually, I think the sound is not correct on this one. In this forum section, I hear a (perhaps older) woman pronouncing the word fine. But when doing the exercise it sounden like a (perhaps younger) woman not pronouncing the T in the end. Which you could omit, but also could be pronounced. Reported it because I thought it sounded weird.
The newest voice often cuts off too early, and I agree this seems to be happening here. It's going to be removed soon, though.
The older voice has slightly weird stress but otherwises pronounces correctly, as you say.
Confusingly, mianai and Zmrzlina wrote their comments back when there was a different voice from both of those above. :)
As for bad audio, we can do nothing about that, so while I really appreciate the error reports on audio quality, they're mostly just pointless in practice, I'm afraid. :(
As far as modern English goes, it has to do with the different languages that the poor and rich spoke in feudal England. The lower class (Saxons) referred to them as animals, as they were the ones raising the livestock. The upper class Norman rulers used the French terms to refer to them ... although by that point the animal was a food product. And, since the Saxons couldn't really afford to eat cow/pig/lamb/etc., they didn't generally refer to them as food with the English terms.
Interestingly, chicken (and fish I presume) were cheap enough to be eaten by all classes, so the English term was used in both cases.
At least that's what the common thinking is.
It sure is convenient for modern English speakers to be able to disassociate themselves from where their food came from, though.
That depends on the word's gender. My info post for beginners has an explanation on them here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26420394/Answers-to-some-common-questions-on-grammar-that-beginners-have