How to Pronounce the Spanish Letter ñ

The consonant ñ gives the Spanish alphabet one more letter than the English alphabet. When you see a wiggly line — called a tilde ( teel -deh) — on top of the letter n that looks like ñ , use the ny sound that you use for the English word canyon .

In pronunciation brackets, this sound is shown as ny . Following are some examples:

  • cuñado (koo- nyah -doh) (brother-in-law)
  • mañana (mah- nyah -nah) (tomorrow)
  • niña ( nee -nyah) (girl)

When you need to pronounce the letter ñ , you say eh -nyeh . When you’re reciting the alphabet, ñ comes after n .