Facilitated by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


The Rimanakuy Community Association is offering tuition in basic introductory Quechua, focusing on two of the most widely spoken regional variants: Chanka and Collao. 

Learning the Quechua language will introduce students to Andean cosmology and its ecological paradigms, including notions such as Pachamama. 

The Quechua language has historical relevance in South America and is currently spoken by about 8 million inhabitants in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. The Quechua language was banned for many centuries and was on the verge of disappearing. Teaching Quechua contributes to its preservation and to the maintenance of cultural identity by immigrants in the United Kingdom. 

Coinciding with the 2022-2032 International Decade of Indigenous Languages, this activity further aims to promote the relevance of indigenous languages to building plural and multicultural societies.

The lessons will be held every
Wednesday, starting on 19 October 2022 and ending on 7 December 2022. The classes will be held online in English and are led by native Quechua speakers.

Quechua Chanka
will be offered from 17.00-18.00

Quechua Collao
will be offered from 18.00-19.00

Students attending the full course will be able to request a course certificate.

If you wish to learn more about the Quechua language, we recommend attending a CLACS-hosted lecture by Carlos Molina-Vital (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) on 12 October 2022, at which he will speak about the renaissance of the Quechua language.

This event is convened by the Rimanakuy Community Association in partnership with Latin American House, the Embassy of Peru in the UK, and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

For further information, please email: rimanakuy20@gmail.com

Registration: The classes will be held online via Zoom. 

Participants are required to attend the full course of 8 classes, at a total cost of £40. Please register by clicking on Book Now at the top of the page. Registration will close on 16 October 2022 and details of the zoom link will be sent out to all those registered on 17 October 2022.

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