What is Quechua?

Quechua is the most widely-spoken indigenous language in the Americas

Actually a family of closely-related languages, Quechua – also known as Kichwa, Runa Simi, or Runa Shimi – is spoken by some 8-10 million people in the Andean highlands of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and neighboring countries.

Quechua was one of the principal languages of the Inca Empire

A language with deep and fascinating sociohistorical and cultural roots, Quechua is still thriving today!

You already know some Quechua words!

Did you know that words like quinoa, poncho, jerky, and condor all come from Quechua?

There are no irregular verbs in Quechua!

Having trouble memorizing all the irregular verbs of Spanish, English, or French? You don’t have to worry about irregular verbs in Quechua!

Quechua’s fascinating grammar uses suffixes for just about everything

For example, you can start with wasi ‘house’ and add suffixes to get wasipi ‘in the house’, wasimanta ‘from the house’, wasikama ‘to the house’, etc.