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Any tips for learning where to type accents?

I know that some of it will just come with time and practice, but does anyone have tips for learning them with Duolingo? I have been hovering over words when I know think there is an accent but don't remember where (the theory being that besides reviewing it at that moment, that I am making the word appear more frequently in practice by accessing the hints). I also do this if I miss an accent (again, because I think the hovering will make it occur more often for review). Are there any other tips you can suggest

3 years ago

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Duolingo will always let you slide without the accents. I totally ignore them in Spanish because I only do the Spanish exercises to practice grammar (and I'm lazy). I DO try to do the accents when I practice Portuguese because that's a new language for me and I want to practice it correctly. Still, words are never marked incorrect if I omit an accent so there's no real incentive to use accents, aside from self-discipline.

That said, some accents actually change the meaning of the word (está/esta) but usually they serve as pronunciation tools. I words of 3 syllables or more, the accent is almost always on the next to the last syllable (unless the word ends in r). Accent marks are used on words that deviate from this rule (teléfono). Maybe that will help with at least some of the vocabulary.

3 years ago

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Because they're based on stress, Spanish accentuation rules are really simple. You only have to memorize a couple of rules.

§1 For words that end in a vowel, the letter S, or the letter N: There is no accent mark if the stress goes on the second to last syllable. For example, niño, peso, casi, mañana, hijos, leche, vienen, paraguas, simplemente, etc.

§2 For words that end in a consonant (except S or N): the stress goes on the last syllable. For example, computador, feliz, papel, profesor, etc.

§3 An accent is placed if the word is stressed differently from the ways written above. For example, árbol (stressed as ARbol instead of arBOL), mamá (stressed like maMA), además, pensé, nación, matemática, etc.

§4 Words with one syllable aren't accented... (e.g. ya, yo, fe, es)

§5 ...except when the same word has two meanings (e.g. tu/tú, el/él, si/sí, mas/más, se/sé, mi/mí)

§6 Accents are used to break diphthongs (e.g. tío, día)

If you memorize this, you won't have to think about where to put it anymore :)

3 years ago

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Gracias!

3 years ago

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The 2nd rule (should you forget it) matches the accentuation of the forms of the verbs in the present tense--ending in vowels and s and n, and all accented on the 2nd-to-last syllable.

If you're having trouble remembering the accentuation of a particular word, it helps to write it out several times longhand, saying it aloud as you do so. (Well, at least it helps me.)

3 years ago