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Spelling, punctuation, organization; they all are facets on writing in a language. Here you'll find a complete guide to putting your words on paper or the keyboard.
  1. Spanish Punctuation (16)
  2. Spelling (8)

Using 'Donde' and Related Terms
A description, with examples of when to use 'dnde' and related terms such as 'dnde,' 'donde' and 'adnde' in Spanish.

Writing Dates in Spanish
Dates written in Spanish typically follow the day-month-year pattern.

Using Your Keyboard To Make Spanish Accents and Punctuation in Windows
If you're writing in Spanish, here are instructions for typing accents and Spanish punctuation using the Windows XP or Windows Vista. This page describes how to install the international keyboard software that is part of Windows.

Writing Business and Personal Letters in Spanish
An overview of the greetings and salutations used in personal and business letters in Spanish.

How To Make Spanish Accents and Punctuation With a Mac
If you're writing in Spanish with a Mac computer and need to type an accented letter or an upside-down question mark, here's an explanation of how to do it.

How To Make Spanish Accents and Punctuation in Ubuntu Linux
If you're writing in Spanish using the Ubuntu distribution of Linux and need to type an accented letter or an upside-down question mark, here's an explanation of how to do it. The steps taken here should work also with any flavor of Linux using the Gnome desktop and should be helpful with other varieties of Linux as well.

Quiz on the Subjuncive Mood
Do you know the rules for using the subjunctive mood in Spanish? If so, you'll probably do well on this quiz.

The Spanish Alphabet
The Spanish alphabet is very similar to the alphabets of most other western European languages.

Spanish Cell Phone Abbreviations
List of some of the most common abbreviations used in cell phone text in Spanish.

Stress and Accent Marks
Learn which syllable of Spanish word receives the stress and how that can be modified through the use of diacritical marks known as accents.

Written Spanish: A Quiz
How well do you know the rules of written Spanish? Find out by taking this quiz.

Capitalization
Spanish uses significantly fewer capital letters than does English. Whenever Spanish capitalizes a word, the corresponding word in English is capitalized, but the opposite is far from true.

What Is the Longest Word in Spanish?
What is the longest word in Spanish? On this matter, at least, the famous book of world records is wrong.

10 Facts About Written Spanish
Learn some basic facts about written Spanish and follow the links to an abundance of informative lessons.

Why 'EE. UU.' for 'Estados Unidos'?
Why is the abbreviation for Estados Unidos in Spanish EE. UU instead of E. U.?

Definition of 'Diacritical Mark'
They are also known as accents, tildes and diereses or umlauts.

Definition of 'Orthographic Accent'
Unlike other accent marks, orthographic accents don't affect pronunciation. But they are vital in proper writing.

Changing 'O' and 'Y' before Certain Sounds - Learn Spanish Language
Two of the most common conjunctions — y (meaning "and") and o (meaning "or") — can change spelling and pronunciation based on the word that follows.

Strong Vowels and Weak Vowels
Spanish vowels can be classifed as strong or weak, something that's important to know when syllables matter.

Orthographic Accents in Indirect Questions
Learn more about when orthographic accents are used in Spanish. Although you may have learned they are used only in questions, there are some types of statements that use them as well.

Type Accented Letters in Windows
If you need to type accented letters and are using Windows, here's one way to create the letteers.

Accent on Accents
Explanation of when written accents and umlauts are used in Spanish.

What's with the upside-down question marks and exclamation points?
Answer to the question: What's the deal with the upside-down question marks and exclamation points in Spanish?

Placement of Quotation Marks
Answer to the question: Does punctuation go inside or outside of quotation marks in Spanish?

Capital Letters Used Less Often in Spanish
More about how capital letters are used (or not) in Spanish. This is part of the Real Spanish Grammar series, which looks at Spanish the way it is used in real life.

Using Hyphens in Spanish
Hyphens are used much less in Spanish than in English. If you're learning Spanish, this will explain to how this important punctuation is used.

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