Accents

Spanish accentsAcentos

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…
´ agudo
acute
a, e, i, o, u Overrides normal rules of word stress
Distinguishes between otherwise identical words
árbol
el
vs él
tree
the / he
¨ diéresis
dieresis
u Causes u to be pronounced [w] in front of e or i lingüística
vergüenza
linguistics
shame
~ tilde
tilde
n Changes pronunciation from [n] to [ɲ] mañana
baño
tomorrow
bath

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