Nahuatl @ Columbia

Columbia University offers beginner Nahuatl, one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages of the Americas with approximately 1.5 million speakers concentrated in central Mexico. As a result of increased migration, Nahuatl speaking communities exist in the United States, including New York City. Nahuatl played an important role in the history of Mexico, as “classical” Nahuatl was the lingua franca of the Mexica people, founders of the Aztec Empire. Columbia approaches Nahuatl as a vital living language, present in different cultural and social spheres of “nahua” speaking communities, and values the dialectal and cultural diversity of the Nahuatl language spoken in Mexico.