Barry Brian Werger's
Quechua Language Homepage
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and Robotic Soccer team... Ullanta Performance Robotics!
About the Quechua Language
Live Quechua Lessons in the Los Angeles area.
Internet Quechua Lessons Study on the web!
Quechua Language Resources
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About the Quechua LanguageQuechua ("qheshwa") is an indigenous language of the Andean region, spoken today by approximately 13 million people in Bolivia,
Peru, Ecuador, Northern Chile, Argentina, and Southern Colombia. It was the official language of Tawantinsuyu, the
Quechua is a perfectly regular language, which makes learning the basics quite easy. However, a large
number of suffixes and infixes can be added to words to change both overall significance and subtle shades of meaning, which
leads to a rare expressiveness. Above the beginning level, Quechua requires some vast changes of mind-set as learners try
to master bipersonal conjugation, conjugation dependent on mental state and veracity of knowledge, spatial and temporal relationships,
and numerous cultural factors.
Live Quechua LessonsI teach live Quechua lessons in the Los Angeles area on an informal basis. When possible we form classes of a few people for
a richer learning experience, though individual lessons are always available. Lessons are usually once a week; short-term
intensive training can be arranged. Classes focus on either Bolivian or Cuzco dialects. Some live instruction (at least one
or two lessons) is essential to understandable pronunciation!
For details write to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact information listed here.
I am currently trying to put together a beginning group in Los Angeles. Get in touch ASAP to participate and let
your scheduling needs be known!
Internet Quechua LessonsNow, just to get things started, the soon to be much improved... Bolivian Quechua lessons. Soon to come are Cuzco
Quechua and Ayacucho Quechua versions...
Internet Quechua Lesson 1
Internet Quechua Lesson 2
Internet Quechua Lesson 3
Vocabulary for Internet Quechua Lessons
I'm also beginning to add some grammatical bits that are easier to post as html than as email text... these will
soon move to a separate page, but for now...
Bipersonal Conjugation of the Present Tense
Quechua Language ResourcesI assisted Luis Morató Peña in producing a series of Quechua textbooks in both Spanish and English, for the study of both
the Bolivian and Cuzco dialects of Quechua. For information on these, and Quechua classes at Cornell, contact him at:
American Studies Program
190 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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also send any Quechua texts you have! Songs, jokes, stories, with as much information as possible about their origins, to
further our linguistic research.
About Your HostI have studied and taught Quechua with Luis Morató Peña at Cornell University and in Cochabamba, Bolivia
at the Instituto de idiomas "Tawantinsuyu." Since then, I have been teaching informal lessons in Boston and Los Angeles, translating
texts to and from Quechua (for researchers, writers, and politicians), and have occasionally provided live translation service.
I am also translating some ancient Quechua plays from the colonial era, and planning productions of these.
I love the Quechua language, it is not the center of my life; I spend most of my time as a robotics researcher and director of the robotic theater troupe Ullanta Performance Robotics, named of course for the lead character of the famous Quechua play, "Ollantay".