Which Accent Is Missing from These Spanish Words?

J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Exactly how well did you pay attention in your high school Spanish class? Were you more concerned with choosing the best Spanish name, or gazing across the room at the captain of the football team? Or were you actually learning the importance of properly placed accents? We're about to find out!

This quiz will quickly reveal that one accent can make all the difference in the meaning of a word. For instance, did you know that the word "qué” means “what?” But takeaway the accent mark and the word “que” simply means “that”! Most people think that “mas” means “more” but it actually means “but”! Mas with the accent, as in más, means “more”! Talk about attention to detail - forgetting or misplacing just one accent could change the whole meaning of a sentence! Here’s another example worth noting: do you know the difference between “mi” and “mí”? Mi is “my” and mí is “me”! Oh me, oh my, you better get these right!

So let’s see how well you do. It’s time to take the ultimate Spanish language spelling challenge. Are you master enough of the language to detect the correct accents on these words? The tildes and accents await you! On your “mark,” get set, vamonos!  

Which of the following has the correct accent?

The eñe became part of the Spanish alphabet in the 18th century when it was first formally defined. It is considered a letter in its own right and has its own place in the Spanish alphabet!

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Mañana is the spanish word for tomorrow and the near future. It is used in its feminine form to express the morning, and its masculine form to express the near future!

Which of the following has the correct accent?

In Spanish, the word sueño has several meanings. These include: sleep, sleepiness and dream! The etymology of the word comes from the Latin somnium meaning dream, and somnus meaning sleep.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Reunión is the Spanish word for meeting. It is synonymous with the Spanish words conferencia and mitin.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Cuántos is the masculine plural of the adjective cuánto, meaning "how many" in Spanish. Cuántos años tienes? (How many years do you have?) Meaning, how old are you?

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The Spanish word árbol comes from the Latin arbor or arborem and means tree! It is also considered a "large woody plant." The plural form of the word is árboles.

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The Spanish word menú is borrowed from the French menu! It is a list of foods to be served at a meal such as in a restaurant. The plural is menús.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Oh cariñoso! So loving and kind! So tender and affectionate! This is the meaning of the cariñoso, but be sure to change to cariñosa when describing a female!

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Señorita is the Spanish word used to address a young woman. It is abbreviated Srta. and is similar to the English title "Miss."

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From Old Spanish, the word cámara is a variant of the word camera. It can also be used as the word for room, chamber, legislature and inner tube!

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The Spanish word Clásico literally means, "the Classic one." As a proper noun, El Clásico refers to any soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid!

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Señal is the Spanish word for sign, landmark, signal, reminder or representation. It comes from the Latin signum and is pluralized as señales.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

The etymology of paño comes from the Latin pannus meaning "piece of cloth." Used in a sentence, "pasarle un paño a los muebles,"meaning "wipe the furniture with a cloth.​"

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Estómago is the Spanish word for stomach. It is quite similar to its root in Ancient Greek "stómakhos" and Latin "stomachus."

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Rápido means quickly. If you are in a rush in a Spanish-speaking country, you might suggest to the taxi driver, "Mas rápido por favor!"

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El avión llega a las tres. The plane arrives at 3 o'clock. This word comes from the French avion and its plural form is aviones.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

If you're out at the club and someone asks you, "¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?" they are asking for your telephone number. Use your best judgment.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

España is the Spanish word for Spain. It comes from the word Espanna in the Old Spanish language, meaning "Iberian Peninsula."

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Piñata in Spanish is the same word as in English. It is a doll filled with candy that gets hit with a hammer or stick during a party. Once the candy falls out, everyone runs to claim some.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Baño is the Spanish word for bath, bathroom or toilet. It comes from Old Spanish and Latin balneum meaning "bath." Its plural form is baños.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

To have many compañeros is a blessing. These are comrades​, friends, buddies, colleagues and companions! Many Spanish-speaking countries use this word to refer to someone of an equal status.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Montaña is the Spanish word for mountain. If the region is mountainous, you would use the word montañoso to describe it!

Which of the following has the correct accent?

¿Quién enseña la clase? Who teaches the class? The word quién is also used for the words whom and whose (when "de" precedes it!).

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Make sure to always wear your cinturón de seguridad! That's your seat belt! It is synonymous with the word correa.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Niño is simply the Spanish word for a male. It comes from the word Santo Niño, meaning the Child Jesus.

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Aquél rebaño tiene 30 cabras. That herd has 30 goats. Rebaño is the Spanish word for herd - which you'd find lots of in Spain!

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Año is the Spanish term for year. It can also refer to age as in, "Tengo veinte años" meaning, I'm 20 years old.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

When you really want to make a point, you should use the word además. Its meaning is in addition, moreover and furthermore.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

"No creo que haga daño a nadie." I don't think it's bothering anyone. Daño is translated to damage in English. It is related to the term dañar, meaning to damage.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Por qué? For what reason? Why? Used in a sentence: ¿Por qué dejó su empleo anterior? Why did you leave your last job?

Which of the following has the correct accent?

The English translation of migraña is just what it sounds like, a migraine! It comes from the Latin word hemicranĭa, which is very similar to its Ancient Greek root, hēmikranía.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Acción is the Spanish word for action. It can be used to describe a variety of action: fast-paced activity, combat, legal action/lawsuit and simply as the act of getting something done.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Similar to señorita, señor is the Spanish version of the English title Mr. When it is used as a proper noun as El Señor, the meaning changes to The Lord!

Which of the following has the correct accent?

Acompañar is the verb form of to accompany. Other variations of the word include acompañamiento, meaning accompaniment, and acompañante, meaning accompanying.

Which of the following has the correct accent?

¡Adiós! Goodbye! Farewell! This word literally translates from Spanish as A "to, with" Dios "God" - To or With God. It is similar in Latin: Ad "to" and Deus "God."

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