Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (2/15 – 2/21/16)

Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (2/15 – 2/21/16)

Have you ever wondered where to put the stress on a word in Spanish?

For example, you know that in English the stress in the word “YOgurt” is at the beginning and that it’s not pronounced “yoGURT.” So how do you know in Spanish? There are rules my friend…

 

If the word ends in:
a – e – i – o – u (any vowel)
n
s
The stress goes on the penultimate syllable. For example:
manZAna
caMIsas
pereZOso

If the word ends in any other letter, the stress goes on the last syllable (all unconjugated verbs for example). For example:
coRRER
disfruTAR
paRED

You will notice that there are exceptions, which are marked with an accent.
colCHÓN
lar
tamBIÉN
CÉSped

Besos,
Caro

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