Stress and accent marks

Stress and accent marks

The second aspect important to learn is the Spanish stress and accent marks. Do not concentrate now on the meaning of the words, we will go on that later. They are three basic rules you have to concentrate to learn the pronunciation of Spanish words. Once you learn these rules you are going to be in conditions to pronounce every words, although you don’t know the meaning yet.

Spanish stress and accent marks rules are…

1. If a word ends in a vowel, n or s, the stress is on the penultimate (next to last) syllable. In order to practice please repeat the following words:

Casa comen miradas
mesa cantan acostumbradas
Baño sueñan mientras
Bandera miran
caja crimen

 


  1. 2. If a word ends in a consonant, except for n or s, the accent falls on the final syllable. In order to practice please repeat the following words: (Remember that the H sound is silent in Spanish when you pronounce a word)

 

animal virtud eficaz
correr ciudad comunidad
hermandad reloj piedad
soledad admirar juventud
  1. 3. The third pronunciation rule is that the stress is on the accent mark. It is vital that accent

 

canción Mínimo Idílico
árbol fanático comunicación
herbívoro príncipe Lámpara
Habitación 

computación místico

I don’t want to confuse you anymore, but these words have a reason why the accent marks are there. There is the rule of words Agudas , Graves Y Esdrújulas; however there is time to go further on this topic.