How Spanish got its ñ


Tongue Twister/Trabalengua

Ñoño Yáñez come ñame en las mañanas con el niño.

English translation: Ñoño Yáñez eats yam in the morning for the child.


More tongue twisters to practice ñ

Del codo al caño, del caño al codo.

From elbow to wrist, from wrist to elbow.


Un pañuelo de cuatro puntas
de pura pita, de pita pura,
de pita pura, de pura pita,
un pañuelo de cuatro puntas.

A handkerchief with four corners of pure pita (agave thread),

of pita pure, of pure pita, of pita pure,

a handkerchief with four corners.


Antonio con el moño dio su testimonio en otoño.

Antonio with the bowtie/bun (of hair) gave his testimony in autumn.


Platicando placidamente en la plateada planicie

de la playa se oía el plañir plañidero plañiendo.

El que escuche el plañir plañidero plañiendo será un gran plañiador.

Chatting placidly on the silvered plane of the beach

one heard the mourning mourner mourning.

He who listens to the mourning mourner

mourning will be one greatly mourned.

(plañidero = professional mourner)

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