gore_whore_5 (gore_whore_5) wrote in linguaphiles,

Accents in Spanish

Hi, I'm taking my second semester of Spanish and my teacher is from Peru. I noticed that she rarely uses accents on words that normally should have them, like the past tense of jugar, jugué. She'll just spell it jugue. Since I'm just now learning the pretérito, I'm a little confused. Last semester, my teacher (American, but lived in Colombia for years) said that it's very important to remember to put accents on words that need them, especially so you can tell the difference between things like el and él.

My question is, is leaving out accents a local thing in Peru, and do other countries do it as well? For the Spanish speakers in this community, how important do you think it is to use the correct accents on words?

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