Indigenous Mexican Language Awareness Project
The Mexican community in New York is a diverse community, which began to arrive in the area more than 30 years ago. In the last 10 to 15 years there has been an increase in indigenous Mexicans or speakers of indigenous languages. Many are bilingual (speaking Spanish and a native tongue). There are many monolingual native speakers and their numbers are growing in the area.
The language most spoken by Mexicans in New York after Spanish is Mixteco, followed by Nahuatl, Chinanteco, Otomi, Tlapaneco, Triqui, Zapoteco, and others.
In 2011 Mano a Mano began a pilot program to teach Nahuatl. We chose Nahuatl because it is the most widely studied and in Mexico is the most widely spoken native language (this is same in New York as the most widely spoken language is Mixteco). Mano a Mano has partnered with other institutions to collaborate on language projects.
Please contact us to explore how we can assist you as you serve our local community of indigenous language speakers in the Tri-State area.
Some facts about Mexico regarding language:
- Mexico has no official language
- Mexico has 11 linguistic families
- Mexico has 67 national languages or language groups
- There are 364 variants of these languages
- Spanish is not the official language of Mexico although it is the mother tongue of 95% of the population
Mano a Mano offers limited translation services of Mexican Indigenous Languages.