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Learning Resources

Posted: 2008-06-16, 2:27
by Pasajero
Addition by księżycowy:
Here is my resource list for quite a few CSAILs. Most of the resources are in English, but that shouldn't stop anyone from adding anything in Spanish, Portuguese, French, etc. I'm adding these here for easy of access, and so they don't get lost in the thread here. Feel free to add any others you want! I'll also gladly add any other resources to this "master list" as well.
Any I have personally have a :arrow: in front of the entry:

Various Resources:
SIL Brasil: [English|Portuguese]
SIL Colombia: [English|Spanish]
SIL Mexico [English|Spanish]
SIL Peru: [English|Spanish]
[Most SIL resources are in Spanish or Portuguese. But some are in English.]
WHP Dictionaries: [English/Spanish/Indiginous]
[Covers Mexican indiginous languages (Nahuatl, Mayan, Zapotec, Mixe, and P'urhépecha)]

  1. :arrow: Huanca, Miguel - Aymar Arux Akhamawa [buy]
    [Trilingual Spanish-English-Aymara textbook]
  2. Wexler, Paul; et al - Beginning Aymara [pdf]
  3. ___ - Aymara On The Internet [online]
    [A free online course. In Spanish or English]

  • Bribri
  1. Jara, Carla & Segura, Ali Garcia - Curso de Bribri [pdf/audio]
  • Kuna
  1. Forster, D. Keith - Paya Kuna: An Introductory Grammar [pdf]
  2. Penland, Paige R. - Kuna Dictionary [pdf]

  1. :arrow: Blair, Robert; et al - Guarani Basic Course [pdf: Vol. 1|Vol. 2]
  2. ___ - Guarani I [pdf]
    [Partially in English and partially in Spanish]
  3. ___ - Libro Guarani Comunicativo [pdf]

  • Classical Mayan
  1. Boot, Eric; et al - A Classical Mayan Dictionary [pdf]
  2. Hettunen, Heri; et al - Introduction to Mayan Hieroglyphs [pdf]
  • Kaqchikel
  1. Blair, Robert - Cakchiquel Basic Course (Partially in Spanish) [pdf]
  2. :arrow: Brown, R,; et al - ¿La ütz awäch?: Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya Language [Buy|Audio-Visual]
    [There are videos of a few dialogues from the book under 'working papers']
  • K'iche'
  1. Christenson, Allen; et al - English-K'iche' Dictionary [pdf]
  2. Christenson, Allen; et al - K'iche'-English Dictionary [pdf]
  3. Mondloch, James - Basic Quiché Grammar [buy]
    [A K'iche' textbook. Scroll down to IMS Publication #2, scroll further for buying instructions.]
  4. ___ - English-Quiché-Spanish Tutorial [online]
    [Short overview of grammar and phrases]
  • Yucatec Mayan
  1. Blair, Robert; et al - Spoken Yucatec Mayan [Buy]
  2. Bevington, Gary - Maya: For Travelers and Students [Buy]
  • Tzeltal
  1. Smith, Joshua - Manual of Tzeltal (Spanish or English) [pdf/word]
  • Tzotzil
  1. Cowan, Marion - Tzotzil Grammar [pdf]
  2. Laughlin, Robert; et al - Tzotzil Dictionary [ERIC Version: pdf| Smithsonian Version: Vol 1| Vol 2| Vol 3]
  3. Laughlin, Robert; et al - Of Cabbages and Kings: Tales from Zinacantan (a reader) [pdf]
  4. Robinson, Stuart; et al - Sk'op Sotz'leb: The Tzotzil of Zinacantán (Grammar) [online]

  1. Gabina Aurora and Pérez Jiménez - Sahin Sau: A Course in Mixtec (in Spanish) [pdf]

  • Nahuatl
  1. Andrews, J. - Introduction to Classical Nahuatl [Buy]
  2. :arrow: Campbell, Joe and Karttunen, Frances - Foundation Course In Nahuatl Grammar [Buy: mail/email]
  3. Herrera, Fermin - Concise Nahuatl Dictionary [Buy]
  4. Karttunen, Frances - An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl [Buy]
  5. Launey, Michel and Mackay, Micheal - An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl [Buy]
  6. :arrow: Lockhart, James - Nahuatl As Written: Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl [Buy]
  • Nawat/Pipil/Nahuat
  1. King, Alan - Timumachtikan! [pdf]
    [A course in Spanish]
  2. Ward, Monica - Nawat Language Program [online: English|Spanish]
  • O'odham/Pima/Papago
  1. Saxton, Dean; et al - Pima Dictionary [Buy]
  2. :arrow: Zepeda, Ofelia - A Tohono O'odham Grammar [Buy]

  1. Andersen, Roger W. Andersen and Jaime Luis Daza - Quechua: Alive and in Color [pdf/movie]
    [This is a course built around a movie that is entirely in Quechua. Incomplete, but still quite usable.]
  2. Howard, Rosaleen - Kaway Vida: A Multimedia Quechua Course For Beginners and Beyond [Buy: 1|2]
  3. Kinti-Moss, Nina - Imanalla: An Introduction Keshwa - [pdf & audio]
    [Also has a few stories and a dictionary]
  4. :arrow: Lacasa, Jaime and Noble, Judith - Introduction to Quechua [Buy]
  5. Lastra, Yolanda and Sola, Donald - Spoken Cochabamba Quechua [pdf:Vol. 1|Vol. 2]
  6. :arrow: Luis Morato Pena and Luis Morato Lara - Quechua Qosqo-Qollaw [buy]
    [Two trilingual Spanish-English-Quechua textbooks (Basic and Intermediate levels)]
  7. Otto, Clarence; et al - Ecuadorian Quechua Basic Course [pdf:Vol. 1|Vol. 2]
  8. Sola, Donald; et al - Spoken Ayacucho Quechua [pdf:Vol. 1|Vol. 2]
  9. Sola, Donald; et al - Spoken Cuzco Quechua [pdf:Vol. 1|Vol. 2]

  1. :arrow: Anderson, Doris - Conversational Ticuna [pdf]

  1. Munro, Pamela; et al - Cali Chiu? A Course in Valley Zapotec [Buy: Vol. 1|Vol. 2|Vol. 3|Supplement]

And now back to Pasajero's original post:

Cursos | Courses
    <a href="">Lecciones para un curso del náhuatl moderno</a> (Orizaba - Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz) - Español

    <a href="">Náhuatl; un curso dado por Sr. Genaro Medina Ramos</a> (Puebla - Cholula) - Español

    <a href="">Mexica - Aprende Náhuatl: Los dialectos del náhuatl</a> - Español

    <a href="">Jordan: Brief Note on Classical Nahuatl</a> (Classical) - English

    <a href="">Nahuatl Tlahtolkalli</a> (Modern-Puebla) - English (Mala traducción al Español)

Referencia | Reference
    <a href="">Nombres Geográficos de México</a> - English/Español Mix

Diccionario | Dictionary
    <a href="">Dictionnaire de la Langue Nahuatl Classique</a> (Classique) - Français
    <a href="">Diccionario náhuatl - español en línea en AULEX</a> - Español

    <a href="">Traductor Náhuatl - Español</a> - Español

Libros | Books
    <a href="">Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los PUeblos Indígenas - México</a> - Español

Re: Tepuzchicoltin | Vínculos | Links

Posted: 2009-03-29, 18:45
by lama su
for classical nahuatl a fund that, maybe it can help:
[url] ... lt#PPP1,M1[/url]

Nahuatl Resources In English/United States

Posted: 2009-10-13, 7:32
by TONY-Nahuatl
Hello, I've always been interested in learning Nahuatl as part of understanding my Indigenous heritage. However one of the problems I've come across repeatedly is that the more extensive, in depth resources are most usually in Spanish. I however speak minimal amounts of Spanish.

Is there any literature or course books that might be of use for someone who is predominantly an English only speaker that is interested in learning Nahuatl from the ground up? I would like to reach as high of a level of fluency as possible and would like to gather as much SOLID information as I can.

Secondly does anyone know of any courses/classes in the U.S. that teach Nahuatl. Preferably in the TX area seeing as how that is where I live. But any locations I assume would be beneficial to others reading this post.

Thanks guys.

By the way Mizton I am currently reading your course and it is amazing, and in English lol. Thank you.

Re: Nahuatl Resources In English/United States

Posted: 2009-10-20, 3:03
by Mizton
Hello Tony :)

I agree with you, most sources are in Spanish... or French, even! haha, but there's not much in English. Fortunately, right now it's becoming more popular in Mexico, especially in the capital. But as you say, most materials are in Spanish. I have 3 books on Nahuatl, all written in Spanish, and right now I'm in two different courses, but i'm in Mexico City, I have no idea if you can learn it in Texas.
I hope my course helps :P at least to start

Re: Nahuatl Resources In English/United States

Posted: 2009-10-31, 21:10
by TONY-Nahuatl
Thanks for the reply Mizton :)

I've been hearing a lot of the growing usage and interest in Nahuatl; I think it is a wonderful thing. My old friend actually goes to live in Mexico every summer among native speakers (she doesn't speak much Spanish either) and has been picking up Nahuatl rather well I hear. Unfortunately I don't have the same luxry, lol.

Anyways back on topic. Would you mind posting the names of those books you mentioned? I guess having a good recommendation is better than none regardless of the language it's written in.

Re: Nahuatl Resources In English/United States

Posted: 2009-11-01, 1:23
by Mizton
Of course, the books I have are:

"Llave del Náhuatl", by Garibay (classical)
"Mahtitlahtocan Nahualahtolli (¡Hablemos Náhuatl!)", by Xochime (CD included) (Mexico City)
"Tlajtolchihuali, Palabra en Movimiento: El Verbo", by Crispín Amador Ramírez (Huastecan)
"Guía para hablar el idioma Náhuatl", by Ángel Zúñiga Navarrete (Tepoztlán, state o Morelos)
"In Oc Ticchía In Godot", by Samuel Beckett (Bilingual (Nahuatl - Spanish) version of the play "Waiting for Godot") (CD included) (Classical)

You can also start online with these two great sources:
1) (Central Náhuatl, classical and a bit of modern from Mexico City)
2) (from the state of Puebla)

I've realized that the modern version from Mexico City is not far from the classical one, they are mutually intelligible.
I hope this helps

Re: Nahuatl Resources In English/United States

Posted: 2010-08-05, 22:21
by Flack
What about that book? ... 242&sr=8-2
I've heard it's quite good. Unfortunately I don't have it yet, cause I have to order it from US. And it's expensive :P

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-03-29, 1:40
by Struthiomimus
Cool finds, K. 8-)

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-03-31, 0:38
by księżycowy
Thanks, sharing is caring! :D

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-08-25, 23:02
by VacalleroRealV
For a resource in English there's Lonely Planet's Quechua Phrasebook, it's not a thorough look at the language but it's still pretty good, lot's of hispanicised words though. ... 848&sr=8-1

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-08-26, 0:24
by księżycowy
Thanks for the add. It's not really a textbook like the above are, but still good! :D

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-08-28, 23:19
by VacalleroRealV
Sorry about that but it does give you a rundown of the grammar and phrases, hope it helps it's so very hard to find good resources for any Aboriginal language.

Re: Quechua Resources

Posted: 2011-08-28, 23:27
by księżycowy
Hey, for a language like Quechua, anything is better then nothing! :D

I already have a copy of Introduction to Quechua anyway, so I should be good for the grammar and such. Just wish it had audio to go with it.

Re: Tepuzchicoltin | Vínculos | Links

Posted: 2011-11-03, 10:15
by kalemiye
Not really related to Nahuatl, but still an interesting short read

Indigenous languages of South America: Where to learn them and why you should

Re: [Nahuatl] Tepuzchicoltin | Vínculos | Links

Posted: 2012-05-08, 12:43
by Massimiliano B

Re: Learning Resources

Posted: 2012-05-08, 14:02
by księżycowy
SIL is a great site for learning some CSAILs (especially if you know some Spanish and/or Portuguese). Thanks Massimiliano!

Re: CSAIL Multilingual Thread

Posted: 2012-05-08, 23:47
by Pan Szymanowski
Very full, new Nahuatl-Spanish and Spanish-Nahuatl dictionaries can be found at
Еdition of Feb-2012.
They contain a lot of modern terms such as "internet" which is "semtlaltikpamatlatl"
The spelling there is slightly different than classic, but more comprehensive.
Simbol Z eliminated, S introdused instead.
Simbol Q replaced by K.
H replased by J.
C eliminated.
If you don't understand Spanish, like me, your can use Goggle Translator (like me). Not a big deal.
You can download dictionaries as zipped html, or just use online in dialog mode.
Highly recommended.

Re: Learning Resources

Posted: 2012-05-11, 12:47
by BlackZ
I just found this one for Guaraní which seems very good (it's in Spanish): ... CATIVO.pdf

Re: Learning Resources

Posted: 2012-05-11, 13:15
by księżycowy
Wow, that's great! I'll add it to the main list!

I might have to learn some Spanish now. :P

Re: Learning Resources

Posted: 2012-05-13, 16:27
by księżycowy
Yay! Aymar Arux Akhamawa is back!
I'm still working off the version they had posted at the CLAS site of the U of Chicago (well, I'm not really working off of it, as I'm not studying Aymara yet). Though at the price they have it for, I might be sticking with my old copy. Or at least waiting a while to buy it, as I am curious what has changed (if anything aside from the addition of the original Spanish).

I'm also curious what my new Quechua find, Quechua Qosqo-Qollaw, is like. For 25$ I think I might just risk buying the first volume soon.