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Stressed out about Spanish?

McJazzo
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Pronunciation and spelling in Spanish are much more organized and consistent than they are in English. For example, Spanish has rules about syllable stress that I have found to be incredibly helpful. I am not sure if most people know these rules or not, but I hope that you will learn something from this. If a word ends with a vowel, an n, or an s; then the emphasis is placed on the second-to-last syllable. For example, the word "agua" is pronounced "AH-gwah." If a word ends with any other letter of the alphabet, then the emphasis goes on the last syllable. For example, the word "nariz" is pronounced "nar-EEZ." There are only exceptions to these rules when words contain acute accents. If a word has an accent mark, then the syllable on which the accent is located will be emphasized. For example, the word "plátano" is pronounced "PLAH-tah-no" since the acute accent falls on the first syllable.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/janey89
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Thank you for this!

Something I learned from Michel Thomas (HIS AUDIO COURSE IS AMAZING, BY THE WAY): if a verb is in the PREEEEEsent tense, you always stress the second to last syllable, e.g., "HAAAABlo" - that way, you can differentiate between:

  • HAAAABlo (I speak), and
  • habLÓ (he/she/it/usted spoke)

He says that Spanish ears listen for the stress in the PREEEEsent tense (which tells them you're talking about the present), so it's really important you make that clear when you're speaking. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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I have always found that the rules of stressing Spanish words follows a natural tendency. That is, just reading the words without the accents, we naturally emphasize words a certain way. The accents just alert the reader that the word does NOT follow a natural emphasis.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/McJazzo
McJazzo
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I agree that the Spanish syllable emphasis corresponds with what our ears would naturally tell us to say. That does not mean that we should rely on our ears and not learn the rules, however.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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Deep down I know you're right but outwardly I'm thinking, "¡NOOOOOOOOOOÓ!"

Jaja ¡Claro que sí, tienes razón!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Funky_Puppy

Wow! This is really helpful! Thumbs up for you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/McJazzo
McJazzo
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I'm glad you liked it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katrina_Mackey

i am complety under strussed out what can i do

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JNicolasMex

do not worry I'll help you, you have to do is listen to someone speaking in Spanish

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katrina_Mackey

ok thanks spanish is just so hard to learn english is really hard for you though

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/11129343

why would we be stressed out

2 years ago