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Mexican Culture Mexican Culture: Customs & Traditions The culture of Mexico has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past few decades and it varies widely throughout the country. Nearly half of the population (112.3 million) lives in cities, but smaller rural communities still play a strong role in defining the country’s collective vibrant community. Languages of Mexico While the overwhelming majority of Mexicans today speak Spanish — making it the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world — there is no single official national language of Mexico. The colonizers of Mexico forced the Spanish language on the natives, but in the 1990s the government recognized 62 indigenous Amerindian languages, including Aztec, or Nahuatl, and the Mayan family of languages, as national languages. About 6 percent of the population is non-Spanish speaking, and some indigenous Mexican words
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have even become common in other languages, including English. For example, chocolate,
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  • Fall '10
  • Dr.Marah
  • Mexicans, Mexican culture, indigenous Mexican words, Mexican culinary norms

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