Nido de Lenguas offers regular classes for community members to learn how to speak Dille'xhun, 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. All classes are free and open to the public.
Clases was inaugurated in 2017–2018, after our first successful 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 third year of Clases, starting on February 20, 2020!
Day: Every other Thursday (February 20 through April 16)
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz
Nido de Lenguas: Clases is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please sign up online using the form or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All oral instruction is in Spanish only.
Last year's lessons
See what we have already done by looking through the lessons from 2017–2018:
- December 2017: Zapotec alphabet; greetings; basic questions; pronouns
- January 2018: Separated and attached pronouns; family, body parts and personal things; alienable vs. inalienable possesion
- February 2018: Separated and attached pronouns; possessives, locatives and 'where' questions; family terms, body parts, food, clothing
- March 2018: Separated and attached pronouns; possessives, locatives and 'where' questions; family terms, body parts, food, clothing
- April 2018: Words with different phonation types; prepositions, where-questions; here and there; posture verbs