Mexico City government seeks to preseve Nahuatl - Mexico News Network

Mexico City government seeks to preseve Nahuatl - Mexico News Network

This campaign was launched by Mexico City's Secretariat for Rural Development and Equity for Communities (SEDEREC). Rosa Icela Rodriguez, head of the agency stated in a press release that in Mexico City there are currently 122,411 people who speak indigenous languages, 33,887 of which dominate Nahuatl - the language spoken by the Aztecs - in one of Its 30 variants.

The government of Miguel Ángel Mancera has expressed his commitment to policies aimed at helping indigenous people exercise their rights without facing discrimination. With this campaign, the SEDEREC hopes to promote appreciation towards the Nahuatl.

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Rodriguez stated that those who speak Nahuatl or any other Indigenous language should be proud, as much of the Spanish spoken in Mexico today has words borrowed from it. She pointed to how much at least 70% of words about Mexican cuisine comes directly from Nahuatl such as chocolate, mole, pozole, chile, jicama, guacamole, mixiote, tlacoyo, tamales, among many others.

Nahuatl Is spoken in different boroughs of Mexico City. The ones where they are most spoken are Milpa Alta, Xochimilco and Tláhuac. It is also spoken in other states of Mexico, such as Nayarit, Colima, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, south of Michoacan, Jalisco, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Morelos, the east of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and parts of Tabasco and Yucatan.

The SEDEREC currently has 22 Nahuatl language interpreters registered, and teaches workshops for workers of various government agencies, so they can provide the same standard of service to the entire population. >

Nationally, about 2.5 million people speak Nahuatl. According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), one of every 100 people in Mexico's capital speak an indigenous language.

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