Hello, I was wondering if anyone was thinking about hatching a course of Quechua because I would like to learn it pretty much.
I know this is an old post, but I was informed to write my reasons why I wanted this course so we could have a conglomerate of Quechua supporters instead of a bunch of posts scattered about
So hear it is:
I think we should add Quechua as a course in English/Spanish. The reason for this is went I was on a vacation in the Peruvian Andes I heard a strange language being spoken among the locals. This turned out to be a dialect of Quechua. I went to a village where they had a church service and became fascinated by their songs and how they spoke. I had to learn this language!
For those of you who do not know what Quechua is, Quechua(known as Runa Simi in Quechua) is a language spoken by around 8-9 million people in the Andes mountains. It is an official language of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. The Ancient Inca Empire's official language was Quechua. Today Quechua is spoken in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Spanish has a lot of words that are derived from Quechua, including coca, condor, guano, jerky, llama, and puma.
Fun fact: In Star Wars , when Han Solo and Greedo were talking with each other, Greedo was speaking a simplified version of Quechua.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PDcBhODqo Scene where he speaks Quechua is from 5:06-6:00
http://www.runasimi.de/runaengl.htm The website above has a map that decently explains the dialects of Quechua throughout South America.
Learning this language can help connect with locals and explore the Andean Culture. You will also be able to speak the language of Ancient Inca kings!
That was where I originally posted that and it got 50+ upvotes from the community, so if any admins are seeing this please take it into consideration. Thanks!! :)
And if they do find contributors, they should put it under Quechua for Spanish Speakers.
You can invite interested people to upvote the post, so it gets back to the popular section!
Actually, Quechua was not the language of the Inca Kings, Quechua was just spoken by the normal people of the Tahuantinsuyo, Nobody knows what was the Inca Kings and Curacas language.
Actually there are theories as to which language the Inca royal family spoke. There is a lot of evidence that points to their speaking Aymara with a strong influence from Puquina.
Aymara is also official in Bolivia. I´d like to learn both Aymara and Quechua, because I live in Bolivia.
2019 is the year of indigenous languages - come on Duolingo this is your year to shine by offering more indigenous language, starting with Quechua.
Sadly, as an Indigenous Peruvian woman, my indigenous culture and language were stripped away from me by centuries of Colonialism, followed by necessary migration. Necessary because as an “Indigenous-looking” woman I was never going to get a fair chance in my country of birth.
As a mother I do not want my children to miss out on our rich heritage. They are now learning Spanish through your awesome kids app. It would be even more awesome if our whole family could be learning Quechua instead!
Duolingo you can do it!
Yes, I support your view. If this may be a tiny expression of admiration, I've read up stacks on the awesome traditional Peruvian culture (engineering, textiles, way of life, natural resources, language/s, music) and am studying Quechua bit by bit from the internet and books -I wouldn't wait for Duo myself and I fear it might not do the language justice. I'm practising playing a quena (flute), made by a traditional Peruvian artist :-)
[PS Seen Cielo the film, although it's Chilean ?]
I actually volunteered yesterday (for Quechua for Spanish speakers because it is more requested) despite of my relatively poor Quechua skills, just because I want to see something happening and because I would ask other, more competent people anyway if duolingo were to accept my application. Wish me luck! :)
I want to learn Quechua! There is definitely a demand, and I know Spanish so a Quechua for Spanish speakers would be a great start.
I'm adding my voice of support to the development of a Quechua course. The language is making a resurgence in Peru: https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21727092-president-european-roots-gives-quechua-and-aymara-boost-perus-indigenous-language-push http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2017/03/nuqanchik-peruvian-news-politics-language-170304111337760.html
I want to learn Quechua a lot. I'm a Portuguese speaker, and when I studied about the incas, mayas and aztecs (if I wrote right), and I heard about the language, and that's beautiful. I want to learn it.
Maybe that might be just a thing of connecting the right people. I am sure it must be possible to find enough and competent enough volunteers to hatch a course for Spanish as well as for English and once we have that, we can expand further.
Thanks for applying :) Getting a response can sometimes take years but if there are more people like you who have applied, I think Quechua has a high chance of being one of the next courses for Spanish speakers and we'll hopefully see it soon.
I speak fluent English and Spanish, and am currently learning Quechua in Bolivia. The moment I get proficient enough, I will definitely contribute to Quechua courses :)
My partner is Peruvian and although he does not speak Quechua, we are both really interested in learning the major indigenous language of his country (and so many others in South America)! We love traveling around Peru and environs and we'd love to be able to try and communicate with people in their own language. But it's so hard to find any materials to study the language if you don't live in the Andes region.
Given DuoLingo's huge language loving community and given the amount of interest in the language recently, I hope now's the time for DuoLingo to jump in and get a course going! :D
Would love to see this happen for Spanish speakers too!
En el Perú hay siete variedades de Quechua. Es así que por ejemplo, el denominado Quechua Cañaris, que se habla en Cajamarca, es muy diferente al quechua que se habla en Cuzco. Me gustaría que Duolingo implemente la enseñanza de algún Quechua.
Hay varias solicitudes esperando luz verde. Mi equipo y yo lo solicitamos también hace casi 2 años. Buscamos implementar el Quechua Central. Esperemos nos aprueben.
If you speak spanish, there is a page on the website of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where you can learn quechua. I haven't read it all but it seems good. http://facultad.pucp.edu.pe/ciencias-sociales/curso/quechua//home.htm
Please please please can there be a Quechua course!!! There's a Guarani course for Spanish speakers so I think it's only fair that there should be a Quechua course :-) according to that well-known reliable source of knowledge Wikipedia, there's double the number of Quechua speakers to Guarani speakers in the world!!! :-)
I'd love to see it. Very cool language when you consider it was what was mostly spoken in the Inca Empire and that it is still used today. I would love to contribute to the Quechua for English speakers but contrary to what my Bolivian inlaws like to tell all of their friends I know little more than the basics from having taken Quechua I in Peru on study abroad 5 years ago.
Be aware that there is regional variation within Peru and Bolivia and that what is called "Kichwa" in Ecuador and Colombia at least as distinct from Peruvian/Bolivian "Quechua" as Portuguese is to Spanish if not more so. I would recommend the Cusco dialect for development as it generally has the most academic resources available and is quite similar beyond a few consonant pronunciations to the dialect in Cochabamba, Bolivia and many other parts of Peru.
I would love to see Quechua available! I'm planning on visiting Peru next year and I'd prefer to converse in more languages than just Spanish.
I want to see Quechua available! I am Peruvian-American and would be happy to learn this language. Quechua for Spanish speakers or even for English.
I'd like to learn quechua due to it was my parents language i'm honestly in the past i never figured out about learning more and more languages , je voudrais apprendre beaucoup plus des langues.
I am taking Quechua classes, plus I am going to Ayacucho soon in order to practice it. As soon as I am done with that, I am applying for helping with the course!
Likely not yet. You can see all the courses being developed on the incubator page so it's not being made yet. But remember that they have to be built by volunteers that speak both languages. Thus the lower the actual population of native speakers that have learned another language (ie english) greatly affects it's being built on duolingo.
That being said there are resources on the internet for you to find, and I would point you to omniglot.com and here http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/05/5-free-apps-podcasts-and-blogs-to-learn-quechua/
But it does not resemble to Spanish at all. So why should we not have the opportunity as well to learn it? It would be great!
because most quechua speakers are also spanish speakers. Also, Quechua was not originally a written language so its written form is with the spanish alphabet.
You could. You'd just have to learn Spanish first. And in all of the places where Quechua is spoken you'd probably find Spanish would be really helpful.
Also, once the course is available and people are learning it, it'll become easier to find biligual Quechua/Other Language speakers to produce other versions.
Yes, it would be a pity if Quechua is ignored and dies out in favor of Spanish.
I would just like to add my vote for Quechua from Spanish. I took a few lessons in Quechua when I was in Bolivia and would love to continue learning the language.
Quechua is such a unique language, and it deserves to not only be kept alive but to grow! I would love if Duo created this language!!
I just looked because I speak a little but would like to know more. Currently there is not a course in Quechua on duolingo.
Aprenda quechua por youtube
Lección 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARBjgvWY7xg Lección 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da6WJUwQoio Lección 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkr5kHw_LAs Lección 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkSwky9c0Os Lección 7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wvuI2Rsb0E Lección 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaGvQPlr6p4 Lección 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rwt7fxGq2U
I would really love some Quechua lessons to check off from my indigenous languages list.
Quechua would be so amazing! I'm Bolivian from Cochabamba, would love to help continue this language instead of letting it die out with native speakers. I think making it available would help to strengthen indigenous ties to the south american community too.
Liamr92 - It would be great to have Quechua on Duolingo. Great suggestion. Thanks to UltimatePirate for the other site in the meantime.
Could anyone start Quechua for Spanish or English speakers??? Please!!! There's already Guarani in Duolingo.
I applied to contribute on a Quechua course months ago, but never got a response. I assume that we need more people to apply to contribute to be able to create the course. If anyone speaks Quechua, please apply to contribute.
Cusco is usually what is used for academic purposes and I know it's quite similar to Cochabamba and a lot of the other parts of Peru. The Ecuador/Colombia stuff is to my understanding practically a different language.
in exactly a week university starts for me and with it, the Quechua course that I will attend there. I'm studying in Munich, Germany, and it's not the only university outside of South America that offers Quechua in its language program. In fact, there are quite a few! You better investigate that yourself. Then, when already studying it in such an "official" way, I will try again if Duolingo lets me develop a course (first Spanish-Quechua, later English, then my mothertongue German) in the incubator. I'll of course let you know if there's news.
Then, I also have some more thoughts and ideas to share with you: of course anyone can start learning Quechua without having to depend solely on Duolingo. Check the Quechua Facebook groups that already exist and the dictionary aulex.org for example. Another thing: Is there anyone willing to create a memrise course "Quechua Duolingo Style"? I imagine it as a sort of "warm-up" for the actual creation of the Duolingo course, and also something to come back to and use as a nice reference once the course makes it to the incubator.
About concretising the plans: I suggest using the Cusco variant for a start, because of various reasons, for example it is where most tourists are attracted to, it is a well conserved variant and not so heavily mixed with Spanish.
Does anyone of you have any news to share? Best greetings!
Hi, southern quechuan must be the best; there is already a standarized writing system that embraces all southern dialects (from Huancavelica to S. Estero); I've sent request too, but there is not response
Any updates on learning Quechua? I'm writing and illustrating a children's book based on a Quechua legend and I want to write it in English, Spanish and Quechua. Plus, I'm headed to Cuenca, Ecuador shortly although when I was there last year, I couldn't find anyone to teach me Quechua.
I am a native English speaker who also speaks Spanish. If a Quechua for English speakers or for Spanish speakers was released I would definitely sign up.
I love Quechua! I hope it's Quechua para hablantes español. Porque hablo algo de español.
I would love to start to learn Quechua I'm a Canadian that lived 4 years in Peru and I've learned that there's different type of Quechua. For example, in Qosqo ( Proper Spelling in Quechua for Cuzco ) they speak Quechua Imperial, in Ayacucho and Huancayo, they speak Quechua Ayacuchano. I believe there must be also a wider difference in Ecuador , Argentina but mostly in Bolivia with the strong Aymara Culture. There is a lot of similarity in the different Quechua langages but there is also a lot of difference from what I recall people explaining me. Some crucial words are basicly completely different. Here's the first example I found on google: http://www.quechua.org.uk/Eng/Sounds/Quechua/QuechuaOriginsAndDiversity.htm#RegionalDifferencesInQuechua
The Quechua spoken in central Bolivia around Cochabamba is nearly identical to that spoken in Cusco; a few differences in the pronunciation of some consonants but they are mutually intelligible; I believe this is because the Incas sent Quechua people from the Cusco area to settle and farm the Cochabamba valley. The Aimara people live more on the altiplano around Lake Titicaca, La Paz and Oruro and speak their own language. I've heard that the Ayucuchano is somewhat different and what is found in Colombia/Ecuador very different.
Oh, PLEASE somebody do Quechua! My son has Peruvian citizenship, and we are trying to be responsible people and make sure he learns Spanish (we are brushing up our Spanish too), and it would be totally AWESOME if we could also study Quechua alongside it.
I would also love to see a Quechua course!! I went to Ecuador for a month and was instantly attached to the language I heard from the native speakers :)
I would be keen. But I don't think my Spanish is good enough to learn it from that. So I would like to vote for Quechua from English.
Also, isn't Quechua the language they used in Star Wars for Huttese. Like not only Greedo, but also Jabba and Jengo Fett were speaking it? We already have other Sci-Fi/Fantasy languages here (Klingon/Valerian), why not brand it Quechua/Huttese to increase the interest?
I am now residing in Bolivia, I would really appreciate learning this language
Hi! I know this is a very old post but I wanted to show some support to this thread since it's the largest one about Quechua on Duolingo. I'm currently writing my masters thesis on Quechua as a second language in the US (you can see my original post here for more details: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31332573). If you are from the US and want to learn Quechua (or are already learning Quechua), please consider checking out my survey: https://goo.gl/forms/D4kvECdUwmgiQ1XB2. I really appreciate your help in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the role of Quechua/Kichwa in the US.
Yupaychani (thank you)!
I am actually an Incan descendant, so I was kinda annoyed that no one actually taught how to speak the native language. I have been trying to find a good website for this, but I can’t.
A treasure! I think that the worldwide respect and interest is high, for the Inca culture and the earlier ones too. I'm sure it will build up to something. Meanwhile to help build it up I'm going through a stack of books and other experiences (language, history, cultures, crafts, travel, nature/wildlife, music) and bits from various websites. Best Wishes to you.
I just saw in the current incubator thread that this thread needed upvotes. I didn't even know this thread existed although I have seen people discuss having Duolingo offer Quechua as a language! I have "upvoted" it (of course). Not that I would not also like to see other languages offered by Duolingo. My daughter was born in Bogota, Colombia, which is Quechua territory.
She should be proud of her heritage then. Duolingo should look at more of threads like this and realise that sometime people aren’t learning a language for fun, but actually to understand their own culture and heritage as they try to preserve this language of the incas.
I now live in Bolivia, to help my career to progress I need to learn one of the three main Indigenous languages, Quechua, Aymara or Gurani. Please consider a Duolingo course. It is time South America is represented on Duolingo in the English section. So little learning material is available even in Bolivia. Many thanks
I am developing a Quechua Voice Assistant, I hope I can develop further. See the demo: http://bit.ly/QUIPUdemo Look up my approach: http://bit.ly/QUIPUpresentation More about me: http://bit.ly/ElwinHuaman
Still there are a lot of to do, it is just an attempt for showing how to tackle the revitalization of our QUECHUA knowledge.
Totally! My preference in language learning is always for diversity. No disrespect to other languages, but one can learn 10 languages only to realize they are all indo-european. Unfortunately due to history, the world's linguistic diversity isnt as great as one would expect. Quechua, Nahualt and Mayan are the only languages of the two continents of the entire western hemisphere that still has speakers in the millions. They should be supported and disseminated!
I fully agree. I just add that Aymara is also a survivor and one of Bolivia's official languages, as is Guarany, spoken in Paraguay.
And Navajo of the US... Considering Hawaiian is on duolingo :)
But Quechua should be a strong contender as there are as many as 10 million speakers... More than many Scandinavian languages!