QUECHUA LANGUAGE COURSES
Study Quechua in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco
The Quechua language (Qheswa simi) was the official language in the Incan State and today, it is the most widely spoken indigenous language throughout the Andes.
This program´s goal is to reach oral proficiency in Quechua, combined with the knowledge of its grammar and writing. It is directed to those who want to communicate and manage a certain degree of immersion in Quechua-speaking circles, or to students/scholars who need it to undertake field research. In order for the learning process to be complete, we also include the teaching of Andean culture, although priorities between language and culture can vary, according to each student´s goals and interests.
LEARNING HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH QUECHUA-SPEAKING PEOPLE
Participants will be introduced to the Quechua linguistic system in a gradual manner. This module´s goal is to develop the participant´s linguistic dexterities in terms of oral and written expression, as well as in listening and reading comprehension through:
- Learning daily conversation formulas
- Grammatical practice, redaction exercises and the use of audiovisual materials
- Listening sensitization and comprehension practices
Levels: Basic, intermediate and advanced
Additional Strengthening Activities:
Tandems: Language exchange with Quechua-speaking natives.
ANDEAN COSMOVISION, LANGUAGE AND QUECHUA CULTURE
The Quechua language expresses the way in which the pre-Hispanic Andean civilizations had elaborated their own cosmo-vision model about the world and its order, which is inherent to present-day Andean societies, as much Quechua-speaking ones as other native groups throughout the Andes. Each Quechua linguistic category we will analyze, will help understand the Andean culture and Quechua-speaking peoples in a more approximate manner.
- Reading materials about Andean literature
- Projection and analycis of documentary movies
ANDEAN MYTHOLOGY – THE QUECHUA WORLD THROUGH MYTHS
Primordial times and how the Cosmic Order was established, as well as Nature´s Cycles and their reproduction are narrated by myths. Some birds and animals are categorized as mediators, thus possessing the faculty of transiting between the Hanan Pacha (Upper World) and Kay Pacha (This World), provoking the origin of food species for the human being.
The myths that tell about the human being´s origins, as well as that of the Incas in particular, introduce us to the relationship between humans and their Sacred Place, which gives them their identity, expressed through their clothes and woven fabrics. These myths also establish the pillars and logics of the Andean civilizations´ social and political organization.
GOAL: With the analysis of myths, students acquire a better comprehension of the Andean culture and Quechua-speaking people´s world.
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN A QUECHUA-SPEAKING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
Accompanied by their professor, participants will have the opportunity to visit a Quechua-speaking indigenous community. The communities we work with are easily accessible by car, but there also are communities that are only accessible through a one-day hike.
This program offers:
- Being immersed in the environment of Quechua-speaking populations
- Practical applying of what has been learned during the course
- Participating in daily activities: Shepherding of animals, agricultural activities (according to the time of year) or others still, depending on the circumstances
- Experiencing the traditional way of life
- Experiencing the Andean landscape: Imposing mountains, endemic flora and fauna, and peacefulness
ONLINE QUECHUA, VIA SKYPE: INDIVIDUAL COURSES
This is an excellent opportunity to learn Quechua from home. Programming is tailor-made, and includes sending learning and audiovisual materials to you. Also, if you are planning a stay in the Andes, this course could be a good prelude to it.