Ready for #ClaseDeNáhuatl?
Today I’ll talk a little about indefinite pronouns and conjunctions.
The conjunction is the voice that joins the parts of the speech. There are copulative conjunctions, ie linking speech. There are also trade-offs that disjoint or separate speech.
In Nahuatl the copulative conjunctions are: IHUAN and NOIHUAN. For example: TEH IHUAN NE means you and me.
AUH means ‘that’ or ‘and’, and serves to join two sentences of different meaning.
For example: CENCA TIMITZTLAZOHTLA, AUH INIC TICNELOTOCAZ in English reads I love you and
long for you to believe …“
AUH also means ‘but’, and if used with reverence (or nickname) Tzin it turns into ‘yes’.
For example: AUHTZIN, TLAHTOANE! – Yes, sir!
Moreover, the trade-offs are: AZO, NOZO, AUHNOZO, which translated into ‘or’
For example: COZTIC NOZO IZTAC – yellow or
IN MIZTOTON AUHNOZO CHICHIMEH – cats or
Now to the indefinite pronouns, the pass to something like a list.
English Náhuatl Someone aca Whoever zazonaquin Nobody amaca Nothing amitla Something itla Everyone cecen Everyone cecen aquin Each cece Certain melahuac All nochi Little tepitzin No one niance The same ye yehua Much mica Any aca Some acah None ayac Anybody zazonaquin one ce both inehuan the one/other in occe when quexquich several miactin different nepapan various cencenmotah such ye/yeh many miactin
To finish this #ClaseDeNáhuatl here are some useful phrases in Nahuatl daily life, or maybe not so useful but here they are:
- Tetlazohtlaliztli onca Canin, love onca teihyozotlaliztli – Where there is love, there is no suffering.
- Hueyi in Tocal – Our house is big.
- Ye ticochizqueh magnet – It is time to sleep.
- Ixquichca moztla – Tomorrow.
- Axcan tlachipahtica – Today we have a wonderful time.
And so ended the #ClaseDeNáhuatl of today.
9 December 2012