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
  • 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.


Accent Rules
Stress and accentuation


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.