I am listening to your examples and am not hearing any difference.. is that my lack of discrimination or are they actually the same?
As a native speaker, I can hear the difference in both pronunciations. The audio files have been updated to try and make it more obvious.
Je paie -> [je pè] - Je paye -> [je pè-i-lle] (as in 'bouteille': pronunciation / bouteille)
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
Not easy but think I am picking a slight diphthong on the -ye versions.. trying to get them right myself will be another thing!.. many thanks
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