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Runa Simi, or "the people's language," is another term for Quechua. It is the most spoken indigenous language of the Americas with approximately 10 million speakers mostly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and some areas of SE Colombia, N Argentina and NE Chile. Approximately 25% of Peruvians speak a Quechua dialect and it is most widely known for being the main language family of the Inca Empire or Tawantinsuyo.
Several universities throughout the world (England, Germany, The United States, France, etc.) teach Quechua with pride. There are literary magazines, radio and now television programs in Runa Simi, not to mention the great ancient knowledge preserved by their speakers.
THE Q'ERO NATION
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Help preserve the ancient traditions of the living descendants of the Incas: the Q'eros. They live in one of the most remote places in the Peruvian Andes above 4,ooom in elevation. The Q’eros have only recently come in contact with a modern Cusco, and as such their language is the purest extant Runa Simi in Peru. Q'ero beliefs are centered on life, the Cosmos, Pachamama and ceremonial traditions passed down generations for over 5oo years. We believe Runa Simi is your window onto learning their way of seeing the world. Let us help you understand Runa Simi and discover a new perspective in viewing life.
Learning Runa Simi requires understanding the general context that shape it socially,
politically, culturally and historically
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Learning Runa Simi will provide an introduction to Andean cultures, focusing on its relevance and importance as of today. Runa Simi was spoken since the 5,ooo year old territory of Caral Civilization, in present-day Lima, to years later all Tahuantinsuyo territory, and as such are the descendants of Caral, the first Civilization to rise in the American continent.
In 1975, Peru became the first country to recognize Quechua as one of its official languages. Ecuador conferred official status on the language in its 2006 constitution, and in 2009, Bolivia adopted a new constitution that recognized Quechua and several other indigenous languages as official languages of the country.
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There are significant differences among the dialects of Quechua spoken in the Andes and highlands of South America and they are all derived from a common ancestral language
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Spoken in the districts of Chetilla, Baños del Inca and Porcón. It is severely endangered, as hardly any children are now learning it. Cajamarca Quechua belongs to Quechua II, subgroup Cajamarca–Cañaris (Quechua II a, Yunkay)
It is the Quechua variety used by the Academia Mayor de la Lengua Quechua in Cusco, which also prefers the Spanish-based five-vowel alphabet. On the other hand, the official alphabet used by the Ministry of Education has only three vowels
Also called Chanka is a variety of Southern Quechua. With roughly a million speakers, it is the largest variety of Southern Quechua after Cusco Quechua. The literary standard of Southern Quechua is based on these two closely related varieties
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Quechua has existed for centuries only as a spoken language, which leads to a debate among linguists about whether it should be written with 5 o 3 vowels
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Quechua is an agglutinating language, which means its grammar is built almost entirely on suffixes making it easy to learn. Vocabulary might seem quite foreign but if you speak Spanish this will help with numerous loan words which have entered Quechua.
For a long time, Quechua has been slowly losing ground to Spanish which is currently the language of government and education. Despite its decline throughout the years, there are current efforts to help preserve and promote Quechua. This forum is one of them.
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