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Old July 31, 2014, 03:19 PM
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Dejas - pronunciation differences?

Why does this guy pronounce the word "dejas" from the verb "dejar" as "DE-GAS"??

cada vez que te vas, me dejas el alma en un hilo
[every time you leave me, you leave the (my) soul (hanging) by a thread]


it's supposed to be the verb dejar - to leave right? dejas, confused by his pronunciation Is this something unique to Dominican Republic?

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Old July 31, 2014, 03:42 PM
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No, it's not unique of Dominican Republic; many regional accents pronounce "j" very softly. It's a matter of getting used to it.
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Why does this guy pronounce the word "dejas" from the verb "dejar" as "DE-GAS"??

cada vez que te vas, me dejas el alma en un hilo
[every time you leave me, you leave the (my) soul (hanging) by a thread]


it's supposed to be the verb dejar - to leave right? dejas, confused by his pronunciation Is this something unique to Dominican Republic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IaUMa231wU
In English it would be more like DEH - HAS.

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In English it would be more like DEH - HAS.

Yep, that is what it is DEH-HAS but he clearly says DEH-GAS with a hard G. This sounded odd to me.
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Yep, that is what it is DEH-HAS but he clearly says DEH-GAS with a hard G. This sounded odd to me.


ha! Incredibly enough it is a softer H than an American H. It sounds like a G but it isn't. At least that's what I hear.
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Well, it's an artificial pronunciation, maybe out of emotion in the verse; when he sings "si pudiera dejarte atrapada..." he pronounces "dejar" naturally.

Don't worry, you will find many pronunciation eccentricities... there are many singers who believe they add something by changing vowels for semi-vowels (similar to schwa sound), changing Spanish "t" and "d" for English sounds (even if they don't speak the language)... they're strange people.
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I'm also hearing "degas". I haven't yet heared the entire song but at 00:45 it clearly sounds like "degas" to me.

@Malila
I noticed the same thing with "d" and "t" as you mentioned. According to the lyrics it was supposed to be "día" but it definitely sounded like "tía" to me, even harder pronounced than we German-speakers tend to speak.
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Ah, yes, I've heard those too. Proper diction seems to be outdated.
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