Place – el lugar
To remember that place is pronounced loo-gahr (lugar) in Spanish, use the following mnemonic:
The only place the dog could go really loopy was in the garden (lugar).
Lugar is masculine, so it's el lugar. Imagine an elephant saying "This is the wrong place to be".
Another way of remembering would be:
The best place to see the lunar eclipse, I guarantee (lugar), is in the countryside.
Lugar is masculine, so it's el lugar. Imagine an elephant in the wrong place.