So here it is! Ending the year on a positive note of another successful language mission completed! 😀 I had only aimed to learn the basics of Quechua in the few weeks I was here, and I think this video shows that I did indeed get something out of my experience with it!
Like with the previous Quechua video, this has subtitles (captions) in English throughout, and the last minute where I'm speaking Quechua with the natives is also captioned in original Quechua. Hopefully you like my quick analysis of an example Quechua sentence and to hear me use some basics with locals.
You can also see in the introduction that I did indeed make it to Machu Picchu! In January I'll edit the video about my adventure to get there.
Today I'll be heading back to Ireland to spend Christmas with my family (after almost two whole days worth of travelling), then on to Poland for two days (Gdansk) to celebrate the New Year with some Esperanto speakers, and on January 2nd I fly to my first 2012 destination where I will be learning an important non-European language to fluency in three months. To find out which one that is, join the email list (top right of the site) to get notification the day I fly out, several days in advance before I announce it on the blog!
I've got some fun videos/posts to summarise the year coming up before I get started on the next one! I hope your language missions go well in 2012, and of course I plan to share some tips in the new year to help you (including a video series I just recorded here in Lima, being edited professionally similar to how this Quechua video was, about how to speak from day one, which I'll also make available on January 2nd).
Let me know your thoughts on this Quechua mission and the videos in the comments below! Thanks!
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