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    By Pat Hall

    I've been wanting to take a course in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, for a long time. Finally, with lots of time being quarantined at home these days, I did, virtually. My instructor lives in Mexico City. He would email me exercises and we would have an hour-long lesson on the phone twice a week. I learned a lot.

    My interest in Nahuatl began when I lived in Cholula, Puebla in the 1970s. There I went to the Friday Market every week and always bought my veggies from the same woman. Wanting to expand our acquaintance, I tried starting a conversation in Spanish with her, but the only reaction I got was a blank stare. I found out that she only spoke Nahuatl. She came into Cholula for the market from one of the outlying villages, where only Nahuatl was spoken. The only Spanish words she knew were those she had learned for the market, prices and the names of the merchandise she sold.

    First things first, for a long time I had a burning question about the meaning of the name itself, Nahuatl. I was amazed to learn its origins; Nahui means the number "four" and atl means "water." Therefore Nahuatl means water in all four directions (north, south, east, and west). The fact that the Aztecs built Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) on a big lake fits right in; water in all four directions. ...

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