New Courses for Fall 2020: Nahuatl

Nahua man from the Florentine Codex. The speech scrolls indicate speech or song. (Photo from Wikimedia.)
A Nahua man from the Florentine Codex, a 16th century ethnography. The speech scrolls indicate speech or song.
(Photo from Wikimedia.)

With almost 1.4 million speakers, Nahuatl is among the most widely spoken of the 68 living Indigenous languages officially recognized by the Mexican government. Nahuatl is part of the Uto Azteca language family, one of the largest linguistic families in the Americas in terms of number of speakers, number of languages, and geographic extension, spanning the Western United States and Mexico.

Berkeley is offering Nahuatl to Berkeley students during the academic year as a real-time distance-learning course taught by native-language instructors from the University of Utah and IDIEZ (the Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology) in Zacatecas, Mexico. Nahua culture, history, and modern life are at the center of course instruction.   

Beginning Nahuatl 1 (LING20A) 3 credits

First-semester Nahuatl for students who have no previous experience with the language. This course develops listening and reading strategies with an emphasis on oral and written forms of communication.

LING 20A: Beginning Nahuatl 1 – M-W: 2:00-4:00 pm Pacific Time

Intermediate Nahuatl 1 (LING20B) 3 credits

Third-semester Nahuatl. Continued emphasis on listening and speaking skills with an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills as the culture of people who speak Nahuatl.

LING 20B: Intermediate Nahuatl 1 – T-Th: 12:00-2:00 pm Pacific Time

Once you enroll, please contact Julia Byrd,, for class meeting information.