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Nido de Lenguas:


Shnia' Dizhe'zxun!

During the academic year (from October to June), Nido de Lenguas offers monthly classes for community members to learn how to speak Dizhe'zxun, the Zapotec variety from the town of Santiago Laxopa in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, Mexico. These are taught by Maestra Fe Silva Robles, a native speaker, teacher, and community leader.

Day: Second Thursday of every month (October through June)
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz

Clases was inaugurated in 2017–2018, after our first successful Summer Camp. In the first year, participants learned how to greet one another, how to pronounce Zapotec's unfamiliar sounds, and how to talk about their family, among other topics. This first group of students came from a wide range of ages and different language backgrounds. Some had ties to the region where Santiago Laxopa Zapotec is spoken; others were simply interested in learning more about a language spoken by many members of the Santa Cruz community. We look forward to welcoming both returning and new students in the second year of Clases, starting in October 2018!

All classes are free and open to the public. We ask only that participants register and commit to coming to a full year of classes. Please sign up by emailing us at All oral instruction is in Spanish only.

  • Teacher lecturing to students
  • Students working in groups
  • Teacher demonstrating vocabulary
  • Students practicing vocabulary

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