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Pagué: how to pronounce?

Ténoch September 5, 2015, 5:11 pm
In the lesson "9.2 Fishing Adventure" we can hear the sentence like this:
Pagué ciento veinte dólares por una caña más o menos buena.

The lector pronounces the word "Pagué" like "pallé". Is it a mistake or is it correct in some Spanish speaking countries? 
Pagué: how to pronounce?
Steven-W15 September 6, 2015, 3:43 am
I went back and listened to the phrase in 9.2 and I'm hearing "pagué" as you would expect it to be pronounced. I then tried listening to it on Google and it was pronounced something like "pallé". Weird. Either the automatic pronunciation on Google is wrong or maybe, as you say, there are some regional variants.
Pagué: how to pronounce?
ricardo-rich September 6, 2015, 4:49 am
Hola a todos,

I too listened to the pronunciation  several times, and it sounds like "pagué" to me as well. In the additional vocabulary section  regarding the purchase of  a car, it also sounds like  "pagué". I imagine there are many variations regarding pronunciation , the "shama" in Argentina for "llama" etc. I'm a bit skeptical about Google and some other sites but SpanishDict seems to have good info as well as pronunciation although at times that can be questionable too.


Pagué: how to pronounce?
marieg-rocket languages September 9, 2015, 7:11 pm
Hi there!

It's hard perhaps trying to find the most accurate phonetic pronunciation to the word in Spanish; if the difficult part is the "gu" part from pagué, I would use the same pronunciation of "get" →"ge" and emphasize the accent on the "e".

Pagué: how to pronounce?
Aurora Hemminger September 26, 2015, 6:41 am
Intuitively, I would pronounce it with a hard "g"
Pagué: how to pronounce?
Steven-W15 September 26, 2015, 7:24 am
A hard "g" it is. Aurora, so nice to see you back on the forum!!! Dan and I had noticed your absence - you have been missed.

Pagué: how to pronounce?
Robert-C7 September 26, 2015, 5:02 pm
The verb pagar uses a hard 'g' when conjugated in the indicative.
 When you do other conjugations like the preterite, the normal
conjugation for pagar would be pagé.  However, the
pronunciation of the g would change to an 'h'.  Spanish does
not like to have things like that happen so we change the spelling
to keep the hard 'g', hence pagué.  A lot of the irregular
verbs seem to follow this approach.
Pagué: how to pronounce?
Aurora Hemminger September 27, 2015, 5:57 pm
I am back, maybe not as much as I did before. I did miss the
regulars in the forum. Tonight, George and I are flying to Venice,
Italy to catch a Mediterranean Cruise covering Italy, Turkey,
Greece, France. Will end up in Barcelona, Spain and maybe spend 5
days there and try to go to the Basque country. I would like to
visit the Church of "Our Lady of Pillar". So hopefully in three
weeks, we'll be back safely. I also stopped the Spanish class in
the local senior center when the instructor decided to quit to go
to Alaska.
Pagué: how to pronounce?

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