I hear "Lei MI ha il sale", which is obviously not what it is supposed to say. In the version of the question I got, there is no 'slower' option for the audio to check.
I try putting it in a logical context (although some of the sentences in Duolingo don't make sense). "Lei è il sale" translates to "She is salt", so it must be wrong and I try to guess the most logical translation unless you are referring to Evelyn Salt in the Salt movie :p
So all this time, Italians have been visiting us and seeing the word salt pasted all over our shop windows.
If you point your mouse to each word, you get the slower pronunciation even when there is no slow option.
This course is hard going. I find her accent confusing. Also mistakes. Just put l'orso for the bear and told it is wrong? Still, it is free!
Il sounds like un, although "a salt" makes no sense compared to "the salt"
Words that end on "e" in singular could be masculine or feminine, you just have to memorize them.
Some words are irregular that way. If the singular version of the word has a feminine plural ending (e) it will usually be masculine
I heard "fale" even in the slower pronunciation. I was confused and thought I missed a starter explanation.
If 's' is followed by a consonant then the masculine word would have article 'lo'