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Thanks to Tlahtoltapazolli and 7000 Languages, you can now learn Nahuatl in Transparent Language Online. (A Nahuatl course for Spanish speakers is coming soon, too, so stay tuned!)
Nahuatl is the language of the Aztecs, the 14th century Mexican empire you probably learned about in your high school history class. While the empire may have fallen to Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, the language lived on. Today, more than 1.5 million people speak Nahuatl. Unfortunately, the language is at risk of extinction unless steps are taken to preserve it.
Tlahtoltapazolli is doing just that. The community organization in Los Angeles provides free Nahuatl classes to local English and Spanish speakers. According to John Garcia, the organization’s director, there is more interest than available materials: “Given the history of this language, it has become popular in Mexican-American circles and many are interested in learning it here in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, there are very few resources out there, despite having around one million speakers.”
That’s why Tlahtoltapazolli partnered with 7000 Languages to create an online Nahuatl course, to create interactive materials that can expand the language’s reach well beyond Los Angeles. Nahuatl for English speakers is already available in Transparent Language Online, with Nahuatl for Spanish speakers on the way.
English speakers interesting in Nahuatl can already access the Elementary Nahuatl course in Transparent Language Online. The 11-unit course covers the basics, from introducing yourself, using verbs, and asking questions. Later units dig deeper, helping learner recognize patterns for non-specific verbs and conjugate irregular verbs.
A range of learning activities, equipped with native audio, build listening, speaking, reading, and typing skills. The Elementary course is supplemented with more than 2 dozen topical vocabulary lists that drill the essentials: numbers, colors, clothing, verbs, and so on.
Spanish speakers interested in the same experience will be excited to hear a localized Spanish version is on the way! Stay tuned to this space for updates.