A SHORT LESSON ON SPELLING WHAT YOU HEAR
The following three words are somewhat close in pronunciation and are notoriously (mis)spelled in any number of ways. Hearing closely what is said will help you enunciate them clearly and spell them more accurately to avoid miscommunication.
Separate the syllables. MÅNG + GE
The Å is the open "a."
There is no glota ( ' ) after "ge."
Separate the syllables. MÅN + NGE'
Pronounce both syllables separately.
Notice the glota.
MÅNGE'. TO WRITE.
Separate the syllables. MÅN + GE'
It has the same first syllable as in månnge'.
It ends with a glota, as in månnge'.
But there is no "ng" sound as there is in månnge'.
You hear instead a hard "g." Ge'.
It comes from the root word tuge'. Write.
But when you use tuge' as a general action, as in "to write a letter," you put "man" in front of tuge'.
Månge' yo' kåtta. I wrote a letter.
"A letter" is not specific; it is indefinite and general. We're not sure what letter.
Saying "the letter" is specific. Not "a" letter but "the" letter. Here you switch to tuge'.
Hu tuge' i katta. I wrote the letter.
MAN + TUGE' = MÅNGE'
The "tu" is dropped. It becomes månge'.
PS - Many will spell some or all the above with an "i" at the end instead of an "e." Månggi? Månngi'! Mångi'.