The Náhuatl Language

Spanish Version

This is part of my children’s book Let’s Explore San Miguel de Allende! Exploremos San Miguel de Allende! I thought it would be nice to add it in this blog as the drawings and words are beautiful. I enjoyed when I draw them and wanted to share them. I added a color for each language to make it easier to tell the difference: English, Spanish and Nahuatl.

In 1521, the great city of Tenochtitlán, capital of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards. Náhuatl was the language of the Aztec Empire and we still use several words of Náhuatl origin. The Náhuatl Language is spoken by 1.5 million Náhua people who live mainly in the central part of México and it is related to 13 languages spoken by the Hopi, Comanche, Pima, Shoshone, and other native people of North America. Of the 62 individual languages related the Uto-Azteca, 49 languages are used in México, and the most common one is Náhuatl, which is spoken in at least in fifteen states. The Náhuatl language is a branch of the Uto-Azteca that is a family of American Indian languages. The Náhua are the largest ethno-linguistic group in the Republic of Mexico.

Balamkú – Maya Jaguar Temple

These are some examples of the beautiful glyphs:

Nahuatl Náhuatl Macehualcopa

Rabbit Conejo Tochtli

Rabbit
Conejo
Tochtli

Lizard Lagarto Sipaktli

Lizard
Lagarto
Sipaktli

Eagle Águila Kuautli

Eagle
Águila
Kuautli

Herb Hierba Malinali

Herb
Hierba
Malinali

House Casa Chantli or/o Kali

House
Casa
Chantli or/o Kali

Puma Puma Mistli

Puma
Puma
Mistli

Rain Lluvia Quiahuiz

Rain
Lluvia
Quiahuiz

Monkey Mono Ozomahtli

Monkey
Mono
Ozomahtli

Movement     Movimiento     Ollin

Movement
Movimiento
Ollin

Bird Pájaro Tototl

Bird
Pájaro
Tototl

Dog Perro Itscuintli

Dog
Perro
Itscuintli

Serpent - @Maria O. BaumSerpent
Serpiente
Koatl

Venado Deer

Deer
Venado
Masatl

  Wind Viento Ejekatl

Wind
Viento
Ejekatl

Turkey Vulture Zopilote Tsopilotl

Turkey Vulture
Zopilote
Tsopilotl

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