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Lesson of the Week: Spanish Accent Marks

From the La Bamba Grammar Chapter

Artificial Stress

When a word goes against the rule of natural stress, it needs an accent mark.

from Musical Spanish Book

The stress of capitán would fall on the “i ”(ka-PEE-tahn) but since this is not how the word is pronounced, you need an accent mark.

hear audio mp3Click to hear an mp3 that includes the word "seré"

Here are some more examples of words that contain artificial stress, or accent marks - practice SAYING these words out loud.

Bogotá fácil fórmula
estás útil teléfono
inglés cárcel tímida
ningún lápiz incómodo

Adding Accent Marks to Differentiate Between Words

Some words can be used to mean different things, so an accent mark is used to show which meaning applies. Look at the following words:

yes si if
porqué why? porque because
sólo only solo alone
estás you are estas these (feminine)

For words with just 1 syllable, accent marks are only used when a word has multiple meanings. Look at the word "sí" above.

Worksheet/Activity: Accent Marks

Quiz: Accent Marks

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Travel Phrases of the Week:

what time is it?
it is 1 pm
it is 2:00
the afternoon
later, after

¿qué hora es?
es la una de la tarde
son las dos
la mañana
el día
la tarde


más tarde

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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Segovia and practice your Spanish!

Segovia, Spain

This medieval town North of Madrid is one of the most picturesque around, with a huge aqueduct as well as the famous Alcázar castle. Explore the history of Segovia by clicking on the picture or link above.


Learning Product of the Week

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Learn in your Car with Lessons for the Road - from Musical Spanish

Exciting new audio program with over 50 Spanish lessons based on the lyrics to songs like La Bamba and Guantanamera. Learn the basics of Spanish while on the go - no need for a book. Fun and easy - plus a great buy at $19.99, usually $24.99. Check it out!


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