Quechua language resources – Language Links Database

Quechua (/ˈkɛtʃuə/, US also /ˈkɛtʃwɑː/; Spanish: [ˈketʃwa]), usually called Runasimi ("people's language") in Quechuan languages, is an indigenous language family spoken by the Quechua peoples, primarily living in the Peruvian Andes. Derived from a common ancestral language, it is the most widely spoken pre-Columbian language family of the Americas, with a total of probably some 8–10 million speakers. Approximately 25% (7.7 million) of Peruvians speak a Quechuan language. It is perhaps most widely known for being the main language family of the Inca Empire.

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Native speakers: 8–10 million

Quechua Grammar and Pronunciation

  • mustgo.com - Structure, writing & alphabet
  • Omniglot - alphabet & pronunciation
  • Wikiversity - “this is an introductory lesson. It should teach students how to pronounce Quechua and how to write Quechua. Near the end of this lecture, you will find a dictionary and place for global discussions.”
  • mustgo.com - Alphabet, grammar, pronunciation & vocabulary
  • Quechua Language Online - there are 14 Lessons mainly focused on grammar
  • Wikibooks - alphabet & vocabulary

Quechua Reading Materials

  • Google Books - “In this innovative study, Bruce Mannheim synthesizes all that is currently known about the history of Southern Peruvian Quechua since the Spanish invasion, providing new insights into the nature of language change in general, into the social and historical contexts of language change, and into the cultural conditioning of linguistic change.”
  • lostiempos.com - a newspaper online
  • peru.com - a newspaper online

Quechua Dictionaries

Quechua Listening and Video Resources


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