I have learned that an unstressed ю is pronounced /jʊ/. However, I cannot hear the /j/ in "Я читаю" (ref: Google Translate) as clearly as I hear in the English word "yes" (https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/yes). Am i missing something, is Google Translate pronouncing it badly or am I just hearing the audio badly?
I'm inclined to think that the Google Translate pronunciation is a bit odd.
There are three pronunciations of читаю on Forvo (https://forvo.com/word/%D1%87%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%8E/#ru) where I hear the /j/ much more clearly. These sound more natural to me.