Accented syllable

Did you know thay every Spanish word has an accented syllable? This post is about the stressed syllable of words in Spanish. Are you interested on it? Keep reading.

The accented syllable of Spanish words

The syllable division in Spanish is easier than in English, and this is the first thing you have to know to localize the stressed syllable. Let’s try with an example. Pay attention to the graphic accents:

Me llamo Álex, soy francés y me voy de excursión a Itálica: Me lla-mo Pa-blo, soy fran-cés y me voy de ex-cur-sión a I-tá-li-ca.

Are you able to read the sentence correctly? Have you seen the graphic accents in “francés”, “excursión” or “Itálica”? So you can’t doubt on them: if they have accent, then that’s the stressed syllable for sure. Here we have an example of each category:

Aguda: final syllable stress: francés, excursión (fran-cés, ex-cur-sión)

Llana: second-to-last syllable stress: Álex  (Á-lex)

Esdrújula: third-to-last syllable stress: Ilica (I-tá-li-ca)

But not every word has graphic accent, and sometimes it’s a little complicated to know which is the accented syllable.

Let’s practice this lesson with this online activity

Do you know where the accented syllable is in each word?

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