Editors Choice – Best Quechua Language Books

Kawsay Vida is a course book and interactive multimedia program on DVD for the teaching and learning of the Quechua language from beginner to advanced levels. The course book is based on contemporary Bolivian Quechua, while the multimedia program contains a section on Bolivian Quechua (beginner to intermediate levels) and a section on southern Peruvian Quechua (advanced level).

The book provides a practical introduction to spoken Quechua through the medium of English, while the multimedia program offers a choice of English or Spanish as the medium of instruction.

The video clips introduce us to Quechua speakers in the valleys of Northern Potosí (Bolivia) and Cuzco (Peru), giving a sense of immediacy that the printed page cannot achieve, and highlighting the social and cultural settings in which the language is spoken.

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Why is Quechua an important language to learn?

Have you dreamed of making the trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, whether to experience the solitude, see the goats, or simply for the fact that it is one of the seven original wonders of the world? Venturing off to this spectacular country is going to be much easier for you if you take the time to learn how to speak Quechua. This language is widely spoken in different areas of Peru, as well as parts of Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

Approximately eleven million people currently speak this language, which means that you could potentially make that many new friends during your travels! There are different dialects for Quechua, so you need to know which one you want to learn before you begin. The one dialect spoken by the most people is Cuzco-Bolivian, so it may be best if you start with that and then branch out as you get more familiar with the language. When you take the time to learn Quechua, you will find that you can easily learn more about the cultures and traditions of the locals, which will allow you to share that info with others. Of course, you don’t need to travel to these parts of the world to learn this language. You can easily learn it to use with those that you meet near your home or to enhance your skills for work and the future.

Learn to speak Quechua

Lonely Planet Quechua Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Quechua phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy a communal lunch with locals during a patron saint’s festival, trek safely in the Andes or ask about handicrafts in a market; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!

Quechua is a Native American language spoken by nearly 10 million people, primarily in the Andes region of South America. It is best known as the language of the ancient Inca empire. Alongside Spanish, Quechua is an official language in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Ideal for anthropologists, students and travelers, this dictionary features over 11,000 entries as well as an introduction to the Quechua language and basics of grammar.

Instant Immersion Level 1 teaches you basic Quechua vocabulary and phrases quickly and easily. You will be able to get around with confidence, speak with ease and understand everyday conversation in Quechua in no time! In Instant Immersion Level 1, you will learn how to say first words, food, colors, useful phrases, numbers, time, shopping terms and more in Quechua.

The general language of the former Inca Empire, Quechua is today the most widely spoken indigenous American language. It is used by over six million people in the Andean region of South America – an area that includes southern Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina. Introduction to Quechua provides a uniquely accessible introduction to the language and culture of the Quechua speakers.