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Yes. This is one example as to why Spanish can be confusing for those of us who speak English.
So even though the sentence means, "She is a girl." it means, "She is a child."?
Both are correct. In English, we generally don't apply masculinity/femininity. In Spanish, niña is the feminine version of child. So, saying "Ella es una niña." means "She is a child." with female being implied.
Espana = es-pa-na
España = es-pa-nia
For a beginner I would recommend pronouncing ñ as an 'ni' sound.
Once you hear the ñ sound a few times yourself you'll learn that its a much harsher noise than just 'ni' but it's a step in the right direction I would say.
In the lesson it says a proper noun like el requires the accent mark. Why didn't ella?
This sentence is not correct. You do not use the article before a predicate nominative unless it is modified.