Introduction to Nahuatl: Lesson 3
So now that we know how to use instransitive verbs, we can learn some transitive verbs. Transitive verbs need an object, and it goes between the subject and the verb.
The object prefix for me is nēch.
The verb to see is itta.
?You see me|Tinēchitta
What if it is the other way around?
The object prefix for you is mitz.
?I see you|Nimitzitta
The verb to love is tlazohtla.
?I love you|Nimitztlazohtla
Remember that he, she, it and they don’t have a prefix for verbs or nouns. Can you guess the following sentence?
?Nēchtlazohtlah|They love me
But he, she and it have an object prefix version for verbs:
qu before e and i.
?I see it|Niquitta
c before consonants, a and o.
?I love her|Nictlazohtla
qui before consonants if it doesn’t have a subject prefix.
?She loves him|Quitlazohtla
The verb to hear is caqui
The object prefix for us is tēch.
Can you guess the following sentences?
?Titēchcaqui|You hear us
?Tēchcaquih|They hear us
When a word starts with a vowel, the i in the prefixes ni and ti disappears.
The object prefix for you all is amēch.
?I hear you all|Namēchcaqui
?We hear you all|Tamēchcaquih
NOTE: This appears to be the last lesson so far. The course is not marked as finished so there should probably be more lessons in the future. In the meanwhile, you might want to check out some of the other courses we have:
|Introduction to Nahuatl (Spanish version)||a course of Nahuatl with 3 lessons produced by motanz|
|Forming the Future Subjunctive||a course of Portuguese with 3 lessons produced by Linas|
|Introduction to Swedish||a course of Swedish with 5 lessons produced by Linas|
|Introduction to Norwegian||a course of Norwegian with 5 lessons produced by Linas|
You can also return to the main page of the labs to see all of the courses we have here.