an Uto-Aztecan language of Mexico
Linguists have classified Nahuatl as belonging to the Aztecan branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family, which extends as far north as eastern Oregon. Today the Mexican government recognizes 30 distinct and sometimes mutually intelligible varieties of Nahuatl; the Ethnologue catalogue recognizes 28. English words that derive from Nahuatl include “avocado”, “chili”, “tomato”, “chocolate”, and “coyote”.
ELA has been working with local speakers of various dialects of Nahuatl (Xalpatlahuac in Guerrero; San Luis Potosí; a dialect spoken in north Puebla), both supplementing existing documentation and creating pedagogical materials with audio. In collaboration with Mano a Mano, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Mexican culture, ELA has helped organize Nahuatl classes this semester with maestro Irwin Sanchez. For more information, please see: http://www.manoamano.us/en/nahuatl-classes.html
As part of this effort, we are creating a series of podcasts which students here and elsewhere can utilize to learn the language. These can be listened to here as well as downloaded. Just right-click on the links below to download.
Right click here to download: Nahuatl Podcast 1
The material for this podcast is largely based on the Nahuatl picture dictionary produced by SIL, Mexico which can be downloaded from here.