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Can someone explain how the accents work in the Spanish language.

I don't know when I should used the special accents on top of letters in Spanish.

3 months ago

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Stress is predictable in Spanish. 1) Words that end in vowel, n or s are stressed in the next-to-last syllable ("HOla aMIgos de CARmen" and 2) words that end in another consonant are stressed in the last syllable ("un espaÑOL se fue a viVIR a maDRID").

If a word breaks those rules, you have to put an acute accent on the vowel of the stressed syllable ("el ÚLtimo LÁpiz de carBÓN). Conversely, if you see an accent in a text, you'll know you need to stress that unexpected syllable (very useful for unknown words).

[Edit: There are some additional special rules: Pairs like "tu" (your) and "tú" (you) or "el" (the) "él" (he) have accents in order to distinguish them in writing. Words ended in -mente (= ly) have the accent where the original word had it: rápido (quick) and rápidamente (quickly). And other less relevant special cases, but the above written covers around 99% of words.]

3 months ago

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ñ is pronounced something like ny or ng in French. You can hear the difference here. Cañada

https://forvo.com/word/ca%C3%B1ada/

Canadá

https://forvo.com/word/canad%C3%A1/#es

canción

https://forvo.com/word/canci%C3%B3n/#es

There are more, but this can get you started. Forvo and youtube videos are some of the best resources for pronunciation.

3 months ago

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not ng but gn

3 months ago

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Learn the word with the accents. Normally they’re on the letter that you need to put more “emphasis” on.

3 months ago

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In spanish there are four types of words in this case. The "agudas" words, the "graves" words, the "esdrújulas words and the "sobreesdrújulas" words.

The "agudas" words are words that their stressed syllable is located in last place. Examples: reloj, ratón, pared, avión. They only have an accent mark if they finish in the letters "N", "S" or in a vowel.

The "graves" words are words that their stressed syllable is located in the penultimate place. Examples: árbol, casa, difícil, carro. They only have an accent mark if they finish in any letter except "N", "S" or in a vowel.

The "esdrújulas" words are words that their stressed syllable is located in the antepenultimate place. Examples: lámpara, pájaro, lágrima, número. They are always going to have an accent mark.

And the "sobreesdrújulas" words are words that their stressed syllable is located in the syllable located before the antepenultimate place. Examples: cuénteselo, dígaselo, dibújaselo, escríbeselo. They are always going to have an accent mark.

3 months ago