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Nahuatl is an Aztecan language, spoken by the Aztecs and their descendants in Mexico.



Bilabial Alveolar Lateral Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stops p t c (k) h (ʔ ?)
Affricates tz (ts t_s) tl (tˡɬ t_l_K) ch (tʃ t_S)
Fricatives z (s) l (ɬ K) x (ʃ S)
Nasals m n
Semi-vowels y (j) hu (w)
  • /w/ is spelt uh syllable-finally.
  • /kw/ is spelt cu, or uc syllable-finally.
  • /s/ before i or e is spelt c, and z elsewhere
  • /k/ before i or e is spelt qu, and c elsewhere

Nahuatl words in English

  • atlatl
  • avocado (←ahuacatl)
  • axolotl
  • chicle (←chictli)
  • chili, chile, chilli (←chilli)
  • chocolate (←xocolatl)
  • cocoa, cacao (←cacahuatl)
  • guacamole (←ahuacamolli)
  • coyote (←coyotl)
  • ocelot (←ocelotl)
  • peyote, peyotl (←peyotl)
  • tomato (←tomatl)

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Indo-european natlangs:

Balto-Slavic Natlangs: Czech * Russian
Celtic Natlangs: Revived Middle Cornish * Pictish
Germanic Natlangs:
North Germanic Natlangs: Norwegian
West Germanic Natlangs: Anglo-Saxon * Dutch * English (Old English * Middle English * Modern English * Scots) * German (High German * Low German)
Indo-Iranian Natlangs: Pahlavi
Italic Natlangs: French * Italian * Latin * Spanish
Debated: Cimmerian

Uralic Natlangs: Finnish * Khanty * Mansi * Mordvinic * Proto-Uralic
Altaic (controversial): Japanese
Sino-Tibetan Natlangs:
Uto-Aztecan Natlangs: Nahuatl


Isolate Natlangs: Basque * *
Hypothetical/debated Natlangs and Natlang families: Danubian * Europic (obsolete)