The actual symbol is called the Tilde. The letter that the N becomes is a letter of the Spanish Alphabet, ?, pronounced "En-yay". It's used to change the sound and sometimes the syllable emphasis in Spanish words. For example, "Ba?o" (bathroom) is pronounced "Bon-yo". Without the tilde on the N, it would be pronounced "Bon-oh".
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Last edited at 9:33AM on 8/13/2011
This is not an n but a completely different letter. The mark above it is a tilde, and this letter is enyay or eñe the letter being ñ. The combine this: ~ and this: n to get ñ and tilde is not tide and is pronounced te(-)lday with the e's long sound