Nahuatl Pronunciation

Nahuatl Pronunciation Guide

Essentially Nahuatl is pronounced using the same rules we use when speaking Spanish.

Letter
Sound
aas in father
auas in out
 c before /e/ and /i/ as in set;
elsewhere as in cap
 ch as in chew
 cu as in queen
 e as in bet
 h as in happy
 hu as in wet
 i as in machine
 l as in lamb (except in final -tl)
 m as in more
 n as in no
 o as in or
 pas in spoke
 qu kept
 t as in ton
 tl no English equivalent
Pronounced by touching the back of teh teeth with the tip of the tongue and releasing the air from teh side of the tongue.
Do not pronounce as kettle, sprinkle,, or metal, etc.
 tz as in pizza, also as in see
 u as in fool
 uh when
 x as in shoe
 y as in you
 z as in sun

Other Nahuatl Spelling Styles

You will also find Nahuatl spelled out phonetically or a variation of the above styles. Examples:
Nahuatl | Nawatl | Nauatl
Melahuac | Melawak | Melauak
ToTahtzin | ToTajtsin
Tlazocamati | Tlasohkamati
They are all pronounced the same.

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