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Let's save Nahuatl!

Nahuatl -- also known as Mexikanotlahtoli -- is an ancient Uto-Aztecan macro-language born approximately during the 5th century.

It was the language used by the Aztec Empire and the people in its domains. It reached the status of lingua franca in great part of the mesoamerican territories during the pre-hispanic era. When the Spaniards arrived to mesoamerica, the number of speakers started to decrease; nevertheless, they used Nahuatl in order to persuade other tribes to overthrow the Aztec Empire, a condition that made the language begin to be spoken in more parts of mesoamerica.

Nowadays a big amount of Mexican places (like the Iztaccihuatl and the Popocatepetl), slang (like the Mexican word for friend “cuate”) and some Spanish words have Nahuatl cognates, with names like Cuauhtemoc or Xochitl. Most of its speakers are bilingual, given the fact that they grow up to listening Spanish and Nahuatl.

Since I haven't seen many serious discussions about this , I'd like to open this topic up to brainstorm ways to get Nahuatl accepted as a language here at Duolingo and potentially start organizing a course, given the recent launch of the Guarani course for Spanish speakers.

Let’s do it!

November 21, 2017



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Yes! I really want to learn Nahuat! I went to Mexico a while ago and I was in some mountain villages where the people spoke Nahuat. It seems like it would be difficult to learn though, the pronunciation is pretty hard. But I totally want someone to make a Nahuat course, that would be awesome.

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