I’ve decided I’m going to learn another language, one that surprisingly, many people haven’t heard of, despite its varieties having approximately 1.7 million speakers.
Nahuatl is more of a group of languages in the Uto-Aztecan family, Native to Mexico. Most of it’s speakers live in Central Mexico.
I have started learning Nahuatl simply out of curiosity. I’ve always wanted to learn not so known language. I stumbled across sources for learning Nahuatl while researching endangered languages.
Education Transparent (Transparent Language/7000 languages, find it here- https://7000.org/courses/nahuatl/ ) has courses for learning Nahuatl, and I’ve also found courses on Memrise.com. Though I’m still searching for more sources, if the ones I’ve found aren’t that reliable.
I may even start a series on the forums, to teach you all a phrase or two. If I become fluent enough I might even contribute to a Nahuatl course on Duolingo! (I probably won’t get that far though, haha)
I encourage you all to research this language, I’ve found it to be really interesting so far!
Edit: I forgot to mention that I’m working on a Nahuatl course on Memrise! But it won’t be out for a while since I’m going to add a lot.
Maybe after you're done, you could even suggest a course for it on Duolingo!
I mean, I speak Afrikaans and English and I'm yet to be accepted into a course. I am not fluent, but speak/understand, very good Haitian Creole, and contributions into the course from me also have not been approved.
I hope that this language will soon come to Duo!
Duolingo is either very strict about letting people help, or very lazy. They should have a DuolingoX that lets amateurs contribute like a TedX conference. Users would know not to trust everything automatically and top editors like on Wikipedia could remove any junk.
I have a book on classical Nahuatl. I haven't gotten far into it but its grammar seems pretty complex compared to Indo-European languages.
Funny you made this post...I literally just found out about Náhuatl yesterday (I had no idea it existed)
I found out about this language from a SuperHolly video.
If you understand Spanish you might check out certain videos from "Superholly": https://www.youtube.com/user/superhollyvideos/videos
Her father worked on translating Nahuatl, and she has 3 or 4 videos in which he explains some of the basics in Spanish.
I wrote a paper on Nahuatl for a morphology class a year or two ago. It's really cool as far as grammar structure goes but good on you for trying to learn it because it's very complex and a lot different than the languages we're used to
If you can, please do! I’d like to know as much about Nahuatl as I can. It would be very helpful.
This course would be very helpful to those planning trips to Central America. It has 1.7 million speakers. I think that we should try to get it made! The language sounds amazing
Can you expand on why you find it really interesting, is it due to some grammatical feature?
Yes, it is! Here are two of the sources that explain the things I find interesting in Nahuatl: This video here explains some of the grammar rules (and more) in Nahuatl, which are pretty confusing at first! (Even though the video topic isn’t actually based around just explaining grammar rules) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8-dQdASWkDU And Wikipedia also has some information. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahuatl
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