Editors Choice – Best Nahuatl Language Books

Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book is a comprehensive grammar of classical Nahuatl, the literary language of the Aztecs. It offers students of Nahuatl a complete and clear treatment of the language’s structure, grammar, and vocabulary. It is divided into 35 chapters, beginning with basic syntax and progressing gradually to more complex structures. Each grammatical concept is illustrated clearly with examples, exercises, and passages for translation. A key is provided to allow students to check their answers.

By far the most approachable textbook of Nahuatl available, this book will be an excellent teaching tool both for classroom use and for readers pursuing independent study of the language. It will be an invaluable resource to anthropologists, ethnographers, historians, archaeologists, and linguists alike.

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Why is Nahuatl an important language to learn?

Have you ever been to Mexico before? Are you aware that there are other languages down there besides the ever-popular Spanish? A little-known fact is that there is a total of sixty-eight languages recognized in Mexico and they all contain a total of three hundred and fifty different dialects. Nahuatl is what used to be Aztec and it is spoken by almost two million people who live within central Mexico.

While you could easily venture down to Mexico to sit on the palm tree lined beaches, stroll through the jungles, and party the days and nights away without learning Nahuatl, you will have much more fun if you do. The culture that you learn about will make much more sense when you are hearing about it in the native language and the traditions will stand out as well. Not many people speak the classic version of Nahuatl anymore, so you can get away with only learning the modern stuff. This will save you time and allow you to use your new language skills much faster than you thought possible.

Learn to speak Nahuatl

Learn Nahuatl, the language used by the Mexica (Aztec) civilization and still preserved by over a million people in Mexico. This guide is not written for the expert linguist, but rather for the beginner. Included are hundreds of examples and dozens of practice sets. An emphasis is placed on the Huasteca variety of Chicontepec, Veracruz.

For many years, J. Richard Andrews’s Introduction to Classical Nahuatl has been the standard reference work for scholars and students of Nahuatl, the language used by the ancient Aztecs and the Nahua Indians of Central Mexico. Andrews’s work was the first book to make Nahuatl accessible as a coherent language system and to recognize such crucial linguistic features as vowel length and the glottal stop.

Language acquisition for adult learners, specifically the acquisition of Nahuatl vocabulary, is a complex and difficult undertaking. An adult learner may learn the target language in either a natural setting or a more traditional classroom. The natural setting and the traditional classroom can be divided into two broad categories: informal or formal.

For many years, J. Richard Andrews’s Introduction to Classical Nahuatl has been the standard reference work for scholars and students of Nahuatl, the language used by the ancient Aztecs and the Nahua Indians of Central Mexico. Andrews’s work was the first book to make Nahuatl accessible as a coherent language system and to recognize such crucial linguistic features as vowel length and the glottal stop.