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Accents are important anywhere you want to use formal language, look professional, etc. Places where using "correct" Spanish is important. Writing an article for publication, a letter to a superior, in exams. Despite what other people say in their answers, leaving out accents doesn't result in sore eyes, confused readers, hard to read text. If you're ...


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Por qué asks the question why. ¿Por qué hiciste eso? Porque means because. Porque puedo. Porqué translates roughly to reason. Quiero saber el porqué de esta decisión.


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In my opinion the accents are very important to ease the readability of your text. Because Spanish is a inflectional language, we make from a single root many words (e.g. verbal conjugation) whose only difference is which syllable has the stress: El camino (the road) Él caminó (he walked) Yo camino (I walk) And also, we have the diacritic ...


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Until 2010, the official rule was to use accent (tilde diacrítica in Spanish) to differentiate the pronoun from the adjective, as @snumpy has already said. The (IMHO) sad news is that since 2010 the rules have been changed by RAE, and now it is recommended to avoid the use of the accent in this case, even when there is an obvious case of ambiguity: ...


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¿Cuándo pasó eso? El 17 de diciembre de 2010, en una sesión conjunta del pleno de la Real Academia Española (RAE) y de la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE), se presentó la RAE la nueva edición de la Ortografía de la lengua española, que viene a sustituir a la anteriormente vigente, de 1999. ¿Cuáles fueron las palabras ...


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Generally there is no difference in the pronunciation, sometimes it could be a difference in the stress, the pronoun would never be used as a "weak form" or contracted. "No iremos porque (e)l niño no quiere ir" The bracketed "e" could be elided. "No iremos porque él no quiere ir" The final "e" in porque and the inital "e" in él would be both pronounced.


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To split the diphthong "uo", otherwise it would be pronounced [bu'o], with the stress in the "o". Briefly: Se tilda para romper el diptongo /uo/: si no se tildara sería una palabra monosílaba /buó/; gracias a la tilde es bisílaba /bú-o/. Yes, there are specific rules about accents, and all vowels can be accented, it's not about the vowel, but about ...


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Solo has an accent when it means "only" and can be mistaken with "alone": Compare these two sentences: Voy a estar solo un día. = I'm going to stay alone for a day. Voy a estar sólo un día. = I'm going to stay just one day. When I learnt the rule, I was told "si puede sustituirse por únicamente, lleva tilde", but the actual rule is, "si ...


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There are three main categories of words in Spanish, according to what syllable the stress falls on: agudas, llanas o graves and esdrújulas. Let's see what these terms mean. Words are divided in syllables. In order to know what syllable gets the tilde, you need to count the syllables. The counting starts from the last syllable towards the beginning of the ...


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Sencillamente, ese acento aparece en palabras con más de una definición para diferenciar entre las dos (o más!) posibles definiciones. Los ejemplos incluyen: Sí (yes), si (if) Él (he), el (the) Tú (you), tu (your) De (of), dé (subjunctive form of dar, to give) Cuando se trata de una palabra de una sola sílaba, estos diacríticos no representan ningún ...


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Accents are essential when there is a possibility of confusion. The Real Academia Española recognizes that there are occasions when accents may be omitted. The words éste or aquél, for example, don't require an accent when there is no risk of confusing the word with the adjective. By comparison, o should have an accent when it comes between numerals, in ...


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You should never put an accent in "solo" if you want to follow RAE latest recommendations. Following accentuation rules "solo" would never have an accent but the previous rules recommend it in cases ambiguity between the adverb and adjective meanings. According to the RAE (which haven't updated the DPD yet) the ambiguity cases are very rare and can be ...


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Las palabras sobresdrújulas como regla general llevan tilde en la trasantepenúltima sílaba, sean compuestas o no. La única excepción son adverbios creados a partir de un adjetivo sin tilde más el sufijo -mente. Ejemplos: Atrapa + me + lo --> Atrápamelo --> Lleva tilde porque contado por el final la sílaba tónica es la cuarta. Difícil + mente --> ...


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I am an Spanish speaker struggling with English, and I can't do anything but recommend what I do when trying to improve my English pronunciation. I'm not sure if what I do is good, bad or just so-so... It's just what I do and what I can say based solely in my personal experience :) Try to watch movies or TV shows in Spanish. In the case of the TV shows, ...


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¿Por qué? is used in questions, and it means literally why? Porque is the answer to a question asked with ¿Por qué? and it means because Porqué is a sustantive, it'd mean the reason for


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To a true Mexican, a properly placed accent shows respect for the purity of the written language as the accent is most often used in proper names and I am sure that you yourself would not much appreciate a mispronunciation of your name. For example, the letter "i" in my name is not dotted, it carries an accent over the i and I always make use of the accent ...


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Generally speaking, when you have a diacritic accent, its role is solely to mark the grammatical function of the word, and does not have any influence with the stress of that word. The stress, as @Laura already stated, depends only on the type of word, so: An article (el) will be elided but a pronoun (él) won't A possessive adjective (mi) would be elided ...


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En la publicación Nuevas normas de prosodia y ortografía : declaradas de aplicación preceptiva desde 1º de enero de 1959, la RAE decretó que las palabras monosilábicas no deben llevar tilde, salvo tilde diacrítica en algunas de ellas. Con esta regla cayeron las tildes de fué, vió, dió, etc. Después, en la edición del 2010 de Ortografía de la lengua ...


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I agree with what is said in JoulSauron's answer. The "beginner's" answer to the question is that it looks like a two-syllable word to us but it would be pronounced "bwo" without the accent as the "h" is silent. The basic rule is the stress is on the second last syllable unless you have a written accent to tell you otherwise. There are exceptions to this ...


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I suppose it depends on what you mean by "can." Spanish written without accent marks is virtually 100% comprehensible to a literate fluent or native speaker, because, at least in my case, I don't use the accent marks as a guide to tell me what pronunciation to use. In English, a mispeled word here and there doesn't damage comprehension, likewise in ...


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In the case of Él, there is a pause before it. If you were to break it down into syllables, No iremos porque él no quiere ir No/y/re/mos/por/k/el/no/kyeh/re/ir You'll notice that the "el" part is its own syllable. No iremos porque el niño no quiere ir No/y/re/mos/por/kel/nin/yo/no/kyeh/re/ir In this one, you'll see that the last syllable of ...


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If you are a beginner, I would suggest reading aloud in addition to the suggestions mentioned in other answers. Read slowly and pay special attention to where you are placing the spoken accent on each word and on the proper pronunciation of each letter. Letters such as g, c, z, j, and h can be especially tricky when starting out. Also, practice getting ...


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Based on my personal experience, I can tell you that watching TV Series, Movies, Cartoons etc, and listening to music (of course all with the pronunciation you're aiming at) are good ways you can get an idea of how to pronounce many words, and as AirieFenix mentions, it's a matter of practicing and being consistent.


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I think I won't be very useful here, but without any "scientific sources" I'm going with the most obvious advice here: practice. Just talk with people that are from the place you want to speak as. If you can travel, you're going really improve your language skills visiting those places. Sorry for writting such a basic answer I haven't any other advice.


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It's not thaaaat important, people would still understand what you're trying to write if you miss some accents. However, if you miss one, it will look like a stain in the paper. Of course there are some words that DO NEED the accent because it changes the complete meaning of the word.. like "mas" and "más" or "él" and "el"



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