Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday June 25, 2013

náhuatl, noun:
the Nahuatl language

Náhuatl is the indigenous Mexican language which was spoken by the Aztecs. It is an important minority language in Mexico and certain areas of Central America today. From the náhuatl words ‘tomatl’, ‘aguacatl’, ‘chilli’, ‘xocoatl’ and ‘coyotl’ Spanish inherited the words listed below:

el tomate
tomato

el aguacate
avocado

el chile
chilli pepper

el chocolate
chocolate

el coyote
coyote

The very first book to be printed on the American continent was a catechism in Náhuatl edited by a Franciscan monk and published in 1539. Today the language is spoken by about a million people in the central plateau of Mexico, and has equal legal status with Spanish.


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