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Otomí/Hñatho Language

Spoken by around 240,000 people, Otomí is an important native language of Mexico. The Otomís are said to have inhabited central Mexico since long before the Nahuas entered the region.

The Otomís are a fascinating people with a long history, and many still hold onto their ancient traditions and religion. The Otomís may have been among the first peoples to cultivate many of the New World plants like tomatoes and chocolate, which are now consumed all over the world.

On a personal level, my girlfriend's family is of Otomí origin, and learning this beautiful language would help me to connect better to her and to her family.


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July 14, 2017



Sure, I like chocolate and pretty languages

July 14, 2017


Otomí can give you both, by the way the Otomí word for chocolate is de̱ju (can't get the right character here, but there's a line under that u)

July 14, 2017


I had thought that they were called "ñañu" and not "Hñatho". Either way, I would absolutely love to see this language on Duolingo.

July 14, 2017


There are variations between dialects (not huuuuuuge variations, but still variations). The names that they call their language seem to vary a lot, but this is because, as I understand it, some groups call the language a version of 'speaking' and some a version of 'good' (like 'the language of the good people')

July 14, 2017


Languages like this are very useful for work in the public sector as well. I have known a couple of social workers here in the states and learning a Native American language can open up entirely new doors on who you can help and what you can experience. People fail to realize how many elderly people born in t his country don't know English.

July 15, 2017


Otomi is a language oO, I know the name from an age of empires 2 mod.

July 14, 2017


In my grandmother's house they predominantly spoke Otomi; I grew up learning basics of the language, but have forgotten everything. It would be so cool if Duolingo were to add Otomi to their selection of languages!

May 30, 2018


Duolingo must add Otomi as a language to learn same wit Yucatec Maya & Nāhuatl

March 31, 2019


Hñäñaho is a pretty language too but I asume is hard to learn wit dem accents

April 6, 2019


Love to see Querétaro Otomi as I am mestizo wit Otomi

July 5, 2019
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