COLLEAGUE OR COLLEGE?
I'm not exactly sure why Spanish people make this mistake but it is clearly an issue of pronunciation. The most common context in which I hear this mistake is when a student wants to talk about their "colleagues" but in the end they say "colleges" which means "colegio".
The right way to pronounce "colleague" is very much how you would say "Champions LEAGUE". In other words, the "e" sound is long! So: "COLLEEEAGUE".
Hope that helps!
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