Different pronouncing of 那个

#1
Hello,
As we all know, pronouncing of 那个 is "NaGe", but I have noticed that in TV series it is often pronounced as "NeGa".
Also, my friend told me that her Chinese co-worker also pronounces it as NeGa.

Why is it?
 
#2
Hello Barry,

I think this comes from "nà yí gè" (那一个), which is commonly shortened to 那个 and when contracted sounds a bit like "NeGa" or "neige". ("e" is in between "a" and "i" in terms of the vertical tongue position.)

Keep the questions coming! :)

Cheers,

Shun
 
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