Is it Xalapa? Or Jalapa? The argument seems unlikely to settle until Rapture but here's a fun fact that can make you sound a tad more like a local if you know what I mean: It's Jalapa to everyone, including the government...but Xalapa to the natives of the city. Ever been to Mazatlán? If you did a few centuries ago, you'd have come across some funky Aztecs...and a whole lot of deers! That's right, and the reason it was named Mazatlán. Aztecs spoke Nahuatl, the language that would later come to heavily influence the Mexican flavor of Spanish and change it forever. Mazatl is Nahuatl for deer and the -tlan suffix translates into "a place abundant in..." Now you can easily dissect any place name ending in -tlan and figure out that it's gotta have plenty of something. And there's a whole lot of such names. Take, for example, Ocotlan (rich in pine trees), or Coatlan (rich in snakes). Just learning a handful of suffixes like -tlan can help you figure out nearly all of those cryptic place names in Mexico that seem nearly impossible to comprehend otherwise. Be it -oacán, -co, -apan, or any of the half a dozen others, every name has a story. This article not only tells those stories but also aims to leave you feeling like a Nahuatl scholar...at least to your friends!