Spanish Accent Marks
From the La Bamba Grammar Chapter
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. For instructions
about using accent marks on your computer, click on the graphic below (Internet Link)
Here are some more examples of words that contain artificial stress, or accent marks - practice SAYING these words out loud.
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:
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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