Dieresis in Spanish

¡Hola a todos!

This week I’m talking about an orthographic topic: the diaeresis or dieresis. Let’s be a bit technical: in Linguistics, the dieresis is a diacritical mark consisting in two dots used over a vowel. The dieresis we have in Spanish will always be over the u, so: ü.

But it is a diacritical mark, as we said, so we don’t always need the dieresis over the letter u. Then, when do we use it?

In Spanish, we use the dieresis on the syllables gue, gui when the “u” must be pronounced, in words like ambigüedad or pingüino.

If we don’t use the dieresis, words will be pronounced in different ways, and this may cause a situation where we’ll be pronouncing a word that doesn’t exist.


Exercise: can you send me a message with words using dieresis in Spanish?


I hope that you liked this very short post and that it’s been clear. All week long you will find some pictures on my Instagram and Facebook profiles to review and practice this, so if you don’t follow me yet, follow me now!

If you have any question about this, don’t hesitate to ask me. Remember that you can study Spanish online with me, you can ask for a 30 minutes free trial lesson, where we will get to know each other and start your Spanish adventure!

¡Hasta la próxima!

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