Accents may look strange to anyone whose native language doesn’t have any, but they are extremely important in Spanish. Leaving off the accent on a word is a spelling mistake, and may cause confusion.
There are three different Spanish accents – click the links for detailed lessons.
|Accent||Found on||What it does||Por ejemplo…|
|a, e, i, o, u||Overrides normal rules of word stress
Distinguishes between otherwise identical words
el vs él
the / he
|u||Causes u to be pronounced [w] in front of e or i||lingüística
|n||Changes pronunciation from [n] to [ɲ]||mañana