Hey, there! How are you doing? I hope you are really good! Today I’ve got a controversial topic. Why am I saying that? Since I have been teaching Spanish in the United Kingdom, I’ve realised that students don’t care about accents. Ey! I completely understand your point of view, but you should consider the point of view that the Spanish language system has, shouldn’t you?

If I write this sentence in a formal context:

Its not my book.

Perhaps you notice that I’ve written something wrong. I, as a Spanish native speaker, could say “but it’s only an apostrophe!”. And you could reply: “an essential apostrophe”. Basically, if you write its, you refer to a possessive pronoun, however if you write “it is”, you have a personal pronoun and a verb. Substantial difference, isn’t it? This happens with Spanish accents.

I have decided to make a table with some words which can change according to the accent position. Don’t you believe me? Continue reading!

Cantó3rd person singular from indefinite verbal tense (indefinido). Indicative mode.He/she sang
Canto1st person singular from present tense. Indicative mode. NounI sing
TePersonal pronoun (átono)You use this pronoun in pronominal verbs or in verbs which need an indirect object. E.g:
¿Te gusta esta camiseta? (Do you like this t-shirt?)
Yo me llamo Inés. (My name is Inés).
Calculó3rd person singular from indefinite verbal tense. Indicative mode.I calculated / I estimated / I computed
Calculo1st person singular from present tense. Indicative mode.I calculate / I estimate / I compute
CálculoNounA calculation, a count, a computation
Celebré1st person singular from indefinite verbal tense. Indicative modeI celebrated
Celebre2nd person singular from imperative mode.Celebrate!
CélebreNounCelebrated, famous
This table has been elaborated by Belén Riesco

Have you changed your point of view about the importance of accents in Spanish? I hope so! See you soon!

Finally, if you want to contact with me, you can write an email to: belenriescospain@gmail.com . Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have doubts or other kind of questions. Furthermore, if you have liked this post, you can share it with your friends! Thank you. 🙂

Letras en español – Belén Riesco©


Cambridge Dictionary (online) from: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/

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