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The Nahuatl language is a language spoken by 1.5 million people in Mexico.[1] A classical form of the language was spoken by the Aztecs[1], the Toltecs and perhaps by the people of Teotihuacan. Since the end of the Aztec empire, several dialects of Nahuatl started to exist. Nowadays people who speak different Nahuatl dialects do not always understand each other.

Some English words from Nahuatl origin are:[2][a]

According to John Lipski, most "Mexicanisms" – phrases that are unique to Mexican Spanish – come from Nahuatl. One example is ándale (often meaning "let's go"). Another is the word Bueno?, which many Spanish speakers use when they answer the telephone.[3]

Additionally, the names "Mexico," "Guatemala," and "Nicaragua" come from Nahuatl words.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. See also the English Wiktionary, which lists the origins of each of these words.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ager, Simon (2016). "Nahuatl (nāhuatl/nawatlahtolli)". Omniglot. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. "Nahuatl Borrowings in Mexican Spanish Vocabulary". Nahuatl Culture. The Azteca Web Page. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  3. Lipski, John M. (2008). Varieties of Spanish in the United States. Georgetown University Press. pp. 88-89. ISBN 978-1589016514.