I was recently making a recording that included the word "academy," and wanting to be certain of where the stress was placed in that word, I looked it up. The sources I used indicated that it is spelled the same for both "academy" and "academia" and gives this spelling:


Previously, I had thought "academy" stressed the "i" in the Spanish word and "academia" stressed the "e." I would feel more comfortable using this word if a native or fluent speaker could confirm this for me.

  • After posting this, I remembered I have a hard copy of a Spanish dictionary and looked this word up in it. It contains an entry for "academe, academia" and then gives "mundo académico" for it. To specify "academia" must one always say "mundo académico?"
    – Lisa Beck
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:07
  • The stress is always on the "e". For the stress to be on the "i", the word would have to be spelled "academía" to break the diphthong. There is no such spelling in Spanish. May 17, 2017 at 11:40

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The corresponding phonetics for academia is /ˌækəˈdiːmɪə/, the stress is the same when considering academia = akaˈðemja in Spanish. The stress is placed the third syllable. (Of course, by not extending the vowel i.)

  • First of all, thank you for your quick reply, Ustanak. My question, however, wasn't so much about where the stress is placed for "academia" in general. I wanted to know if the word is stressed in the same way whether referring to an "academy" or "academia." In English, though these two words are very related, they have very distinctive meanings. Is this not also true in Spanish, and if so, isn't one pronounced slightly differently the other?
    – Lisa Beck
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:15
  • @LisaBeck Check my edited answer. Thank you for letting me know.
    – Schwale
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:18
  • Also, for anyone who doesn't read phonetic transcriptions all that well, here's a link to some sound recordings of it: forvo.com/word/academia/#es. Notice that the definition given (upper right corner) is simply "academy." I suppose that answers my question by itself, but I was wondering if "academy" is ever pronounced "a-cad-e-MI-a."
    – Lisa Beck
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:19
  • So, definitively, it is the same for both. No exceptions. And you just distinguish the two through context. Correct?
    – Lisa Beck
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:22
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    No, "academia" (sp) means almost exclusively "academy" (en). To say "academia" (en) you must say "mundo académico", "círculo académico", "ámbito académico", "comunidad académica", etc, where "académico/a" can be replaced with "universitario/a" depending on the context.
    – Yay
    Apr 27, 2016 at 5:44

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