Nahuatl facts for kids
The Nahuatl language is a language spoken by 1.5 million people in Mexico. A classical form of the language was spoken by the Aztecs, 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:
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.
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The Aztecs called (red) tomatoes xitōmatl, whereas the green tomatillo was called tōmatl; the latter is the source for the English word "tomato".
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