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How are you learning Quechua!?
December 12, 2011
23:15
Danny P
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Hello Benny!

Coincidentally enough, when you started learning Quechua I was like, Why! That's so useless, but now funnily enough I am going to be living with a host family in a rural village outside of Cuzco for 8 weeks, so basically I am aware of the fact that there is going to be Quechua spoken in the village, which at first disappointed me, then I realized they're all bilingual… aside from the Elders. Which makes me think that I should definitely learn enough Quechua before I go, I just have to make sure that it's the Cuzco dialect! 

Which brings me to the next question, What resources are you using? I want to have a base before I get there, that way I will have some hope of being able to maybe communicate effectively in Quechua before I leave.

I also can't find any native speakers here, I'm in Ohio!

So what resources do you recommend? And is this even feasible to be able to get to a somewhat A2 level before I arrive?

Thanks,

Danny

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December 13, 2011
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Benny
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Lucky for you most books focus on the Cuzco dialect – the Lonely Planet phrasebook being one of them. Buy that right now ;)

Otherwise, I've got a lovely video entirely in Quechua coming up soon on the blog (tomorrow if I can get the captions finished this evening), and in another post later I'll summarise my experience learning the language and let any Peruvians laugh at my ridiculous accent speaking a few phrases of Quechua.

Not sure if you can reach A2 before you arrive, as Quechua is a special case. It turns out there are way less natives than I was expecting to find, even in Cuzco city itself, although you obviously won't have that problem!!

Learn the phrasebook and you'll be on the right path! That will give you an excellent head start, and people will be very helpful when you try to speak it :) Hope my summary post helps a wee bit more!

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December 13, 2011
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Danny P
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Thanks a lot, actually that was the only peace of material I could find! Does the book come with audio?

Because I've been listening to videos of Quechua spoken on Youtube and I find that it sounds crazy… like nothing I have ever heard before haha

How much have you actually learned!? I know you prefer to not use the term, "Difficult Language" but would you say Quechua is very "Challenging"?

And I am looking forward to the video!

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December 21, 2011
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Hey Benny,

 

I just read in a fact book that Quechua has over 1000 words for potato. I find it hard to believe but was wondering if you came across something like that in your study of it. Or… ran across something similar in another language.

 

Thanks!

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December 23, 2011
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@Irish.Canuck The potato "fact" sounds like a very poor interpretation of the actual fact that potatoes come FROM Peru, and there are actually thousands of different varieties of them. And only handful were brought back to Europe. These are completely different to one another, but still technically from the potato family. If you saw them you'd give them different words too.

It would be like saying modern societies have hundreds of words for "shoe" when in fact these are subsets (trainers, Doc Martins, etc.)

@Danny P You are right – I do not prefer to use the term "difficult" ;) and I never would. Despite obvious differences, I found the language very logical, and much more phonetic than French or English.

The challenge was not grammatical or vocabulary or different phoneme based, but because there were less natives in Cuzco than I expected and the opportunities to really use the language lied in going to places like Chinchero where I shot the video. But that problem would have been the same for me in level of difficulty if learning an Indo European language with lack of speakers to be honest.

Hope you enjoyed the video! As you can see, I framed the language as logical in my eyes.

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November 30, 2012
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You might find this interesting….we are busy creating a Q&A site on Quechua and Aymara language and culture. Right now we are defining which questions we will allow and which not. Once we have enough example questions and people committing to the Q&A site proposal, the site will launch. If you want to help please go to http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/47801/quechua-and-aymara-language-and-culture?referrer=_2dHwj5Sifjq9Mps5sZ60A2
 
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