Monday, February 8, 2010

Peru: Language Barriers

The people of Peru speak three different languages: Spanish, Quechua (both of these are considered official languages) and Aymara, which although it is spoken widely in Peru, is not considered an official language yet.

Spanish is spoken in practically every city and town in the country, while Quechua is mainly spoken in a few places of the Andes.In the highland plains, called Altiplano, Aymara is also spoken.

A few important phrases to get you started!
Yes -
No - No
Hello - Hola
Goodbye - Adiós
Please - Por favor
Thank you - Gracias
My name is ... - Me llamo ...
How are you?(informal) - ¿Qué tal estás?
I'm very well - Estoy muy bien
I feel ill - Me encuentro mal
How much does it cost? - ¿Cuánto es?
Do you speak English? - ¿Hablas inglés?
I don't understand - No entiendo

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