What we're about

We are starting a Nahuatl study group.
Please understanding that we are not, by any stretch of the imagination, experts in this subject. We are merely interested in it. We have come to realize, however, that unless we are able to find people who share this interest, we will not progress in our understanding of this language.
Why learn a new language – especially one as apparently obscure as Nahuatl?
1) Learning new languages is a mind-broadening experience. I’ve heard it said that if you want to improve your skills in a second language, use that second language to learn a third. If you already know Spanish, you probably already know quite a few Nahuatl words and phrases. Atole, cacahuate, guajalote, and so on. Even hard-core Anglophones will find that Nahuatl has added a few words to their vocabulary – coyote, tomato, or guacamole to name a few.

2) Learning a language broadens your outlook on the world. It has always bothered me that when my ancestors first came to this land, they made little or no effort to learn the languages and customs of the people who had existed on this land from time immemorial. Nahuatl, although fundamentally a Mexican language, is still entirely a product of the so-called “New World”. What is especially compelling about this language is that it contains a substantial body of literature – from the poems of Nezahualcoyotl and Sor Juana de la Cruz to the political speaches of Emiliano Zapata.

In all fairness, over the past few centuries, Nahuatl has fractured into a number of different groups – many of which are quite distinct. For this reason, we will be focusing on Classical Nahuatl. We haven’t made a final decision on which text to use. We are quite open to suggestions. We do, however, recommend checking out Nahuatl Naman. This is a wonderful ap that will provide you with some basic vocabulary. Also, if you’d like to get a nice, simple over-view of Nahuatl grammr, you might want to check out D. K. Jordan’s Inadequate Nahuatl Reference Grammar.

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Ma timomachtican Nahuatl! Let's learn Nahuatl!

David and Paty's apartment

Ma timomachtican Nahuatl! Let's learn Nahuatl!

David and Paty's apartment

Ma timomachtican Nahuatl! Let's learn Nahuatl!

David and Paty's apartment

Ma timomachtican Nahuatl! Let's learn Nahuatl!

David and Paty's apartment

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