Friday, September 29, 2023

Did you know it’s the shortest Spanish word in the world?

Spanish is the most complex language in the world, although mastering it is very useful because it is second in number of speakers to Mandarin Chinese. The dictionary contains more than 93,000 words. Also, this language is evolving, and Gen Z is adding new words to their vocabulary. At the same time, the Royal Spanish Academy is updating terms like “emoji”.

Because of this, the Spanish language has unique words and certain peculiarities that make it fun to learn. For example, there is a word that is considered the shortest in Spanish but has more syllables and consists only of vowels.

What is the shortest word with the most syllables in Spanish?

One of the difficulties that arise when learning Spanish is the formation of syllables, which can be done by combining vowels and consonants as well as by uniting the vowels. For example, in school, you had to learn the difference between diphthongs (two vowels that form a single syllable) and hiatus (a sequence of two vowels pronounced in different syllables).

Three-Syllable Words Consist Of Three Vowels, I.e. Two Pauses.  Photo: Istock.

Because of this separation, in Spanish, one finds a three-syllable word made up of three vowels (two breaks). It is the past tense conjugation of the verb “to hear”. The word “oa” becomes the shortest and most syllable word in the Spanish language. Did you know?

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