Pronunciation lesson: Consonant "Ñ"

Let's practise together some pronunciation.

The sound of the consonant "Ñ" is very similar to the one in the English word canyon. You can find this sound in important words such as español, baño or mañana.

Here's the transcript of our lesson's text:

Mañana es el cumpleaños de la pequeña Toña. Su mamá le compró un moño y un vestido de piñas. Su papá le dio un acuario con cuatro extrañas pirañas. Mañana, Toña tendrá siete años.


Tomorrow is little Toña's birthday. Her mum bought her a bow and a pineapple-print dress. Her dad gave her an aquarium with four strange piranhas. Tomorrow, Toña will be seven years old.

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What about other common words with this sound? Check this list:


El baño / toilet

La caña / sugar cane

El ñandú / rhea bird

La ñu / wildebeest

El puño / fist

La uña / nail

El cañón / canyon

La leña / firewood

el viñedo / vineyard


ordeñar / to milk

arañar / to scratch

enseñar / to teach, to show

refunfuñar / to grumble


añejo, añeja / mature (old)

hogareño, hogareña / home-loving

mañoso, mañosa / crafty

greñudo, greñuda / dishevelled

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