EP.2 - Accents


Costas questions:

Why do Spanish words have accents?
  1. For stress: correct pronunciation
  2. For meaning: to help tell the difference between words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings
Examples:
  • Si and Sí: si means if, sí means yes
  • Había - the accent is for pronunciation
Are there accent rules?
  1. yes, but at this stage in learning Spanish you should just memorize the words with accents.


Links:

Accent Rules
Stress and accentuation


Sources:

Gahala, Estella, Patricia Hamilton Carlin, Audrey L. Heining-Boynton, Ricardo Otheguy, and Barbara J. Rupert. En EspañOl Level 1. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2000.

Murrell, Leigh A. Personal interview. 06 June 2008.