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Qhapaq Runa Simi
The Department of Quechua



Welcome to the Quechua Language Department at Wikiversity
Part of the Center for Foreign Language Learning
of the School of Language and Literature


Qhapaq Runa Simi The Quechua Language

Quechua subgroups
Piruw, Buliwya, Ikwadur, Kulumbya, Arhintina

Runa Simi .. .

Quechua is a South American language. Quechua has often been grouped with Aymara as a larger Quechumaran linguistic stock, largely because about a third of its vocabulary is shared with Aymara. This proposal is controversial, however.

It is important to know that the word "Quechua" or "Qheswa" is not the real name of the language of the Incas. The proper title to their language given by the Incas was "Qhapaq Runasimi", "The Great Language of the people" (Qhapaq = great, Runa = People, Simi = language or mouth).

Please write here the translation of the text below in Quechua.

Quechua (Runa Simi) is a Native American language of South America. It was the language of the Inca Empire, and is today spoken in various dialects (Quechuas) by some 10 million people throughout South America, including Peru, south-western and central Bolivia, southern Colombia and Ecuador, north-western Argentina and northern Chile. It is the most widely spoken language of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Quechua is a very regular agglutinative language, as opposed to a fusional one. Its normal sentence order is SOV (subject-object-verb). Its large number of suffixes changes both the overall significance of words and their subtle shades of meaning. Notable grammatical features include bipersonal conjugation (verbs agree with both subject and object), evidentiality (indication of the source and veracity of knowledge), a topic particle, and suffixes indicating who benefits from an action and the speaker's attitude toward it.

Link to Wikipedia in Quechua


To show your interest in the Quechua Language, sign up at the Quechua stream. This will provide a record of who is learning Quechua, so you can see who else out there speaks Quechua and can speak to them.


If you want to teach , please sign up at the Quechua stream and contact the Head of Quechua

South America Staff

Here is the List of Staff members in the South America Languages Division:

Department news

  • 28th November 2007 - Quechua Department Founded
  • 30th November 2007 - Lesson Runa Simi 1 completed


Department resources


See also

External links

[1] Basic Quechua Lessons