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74. Speaking Quechua

Released Monday, 11th October 2021
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Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so happy to bring you this conversation with Luz of Quechuata Rimay where we talked about Quechua language and culture.
In this episode, Luz talks about the way Quechua language was perceived by peers in school in her native Peru. She talked about some of the discrimination that Quechua speakers face that drove some speakers to to hide their knowledge of the language. We talked about what is was like speaking Spanish coming from her town in the Andes to the capital of Lima and even the way that Quechua speakers mix the two languages. Luz talks to us about dialects of Quechua that can be found throughout the Andes and we find out how many speakers there are across Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador as well.
One thing that I loved is talking about the culture among Quechua speakers and the principles and traditions that they uphold including three rules that come from the Inca Empire that are so very important to today. But I have to say, of all the things that Luz talks to us about my absolute favorite part of this episode is the song that Luz sings for us in Quechua.
Thank you to Luz and Quechuata Rimay for sharing parts of your language and culture with us.
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