The Letter Ñ

La Letra Ñ

Introduction

Introducción

Ñ, pronounced en-ye, is the letter n with a diacritical tilde indicating a nasalized pronunciation. The sound is similar to the “n” in the English word “onion”.

Originally ñ was used a ligature for the double-n in words like año, which was historically spelled anno. Later it was also adopted to indicate the nasalized sounds in words with a gn and ni+vowel. Senior became señor, and espagnol became español. These words are often written in Portuguese with a nh.

Letters

Letras

ñ Play
enye

eñe

Vocabulary

Vocabulario

Play España
Spain
Play araña
spider
Play extrañar
to estrange to miss
Play mañana
morning tomorrow

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