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The Letter N

The Letter N in Spanish

ENE. Nasal sonorous consonant sound

Origen of the letter:
From the Latin 'N' which came from the Greek 'N'

Example of usage:
Nubes

The N in Spanish

The letter N is the fourteenth letter of the Spanish alphabet. It comes from Latin which in turn comes from Greek. Its name is ENE. The Greeks called it “nu” from the word “nun” meaning fish. The image of the fish is taken from the Egyptian Hieroglyphic depicting a line of water. The letter's sound is emitted through the nose with the vibration of the vocal cords while the tongue supported in the alveoli prevents the passage of air through the mouth.

In this way, we pronounce the “N” in Spanish words like “nena” and “son”. There is such a thing as a “dental N” produced by the position of the tongue in contact with the back part of the teeth; it goes before “T” or “D” like in the Spanish words “Antes” and “Andar” and it’s easier to detect in French. The letter “N” is pronounced as a letter “M” when accompanied by the letter “V” as in the Spanish word “envidia”. Words in the “NM” group such as “inmenso” carry a more relaxed “N” sound.