Quechua • Runa Simi
The three main languages in Perú are Spanish, Quechua (Runa Simi) and Aymara. Perú is home to an abundance of indigenous languages. For someone who loves overloading on (useful) information, and thrives on always learning something new, knowing that Perú is home to a plethora of indigenous languages fills me with so much joy.
These days, I've been learning a lot of words and phrase in Quechua. It's taken me roughly one full week to learn about 10-15 words and phrases. Once I reach the one week point, all the Quechua I was leaning just comes to me naturally. Today would be the one week mark, and without having to force myself, I'm going to reload and learn a whole new set of words and phrases. I've learned to just let my subconscious and my thirst for knowledge lead the way.
You see, in Perú, we use a lot of words or phrases in Quechua in our daily life when we speak Spanish. So, learning Quechua has been a super-enjoyable, satisfying and wondrous experience.
Once I've fully downloaded as much Quechua into my heart, soul and mind, I will proceed to learn as much Aymara as I can.
*I don't find it odd at all, but outrageously natural that I can randomly enjoy and savor the taste of a Cherry or Vanilla Coke, and can pretty much have Beef Jerky for breakfast, lunch and diner. Both, Coca and Jerky, originally come from the Quechua words: Cuca (Coca-Cola used coca leaf extract in its products from 1885 and until about 1903) and Ch'arki (a Quechua word from dried alpaca or llama meat).
Above are two very awesome Perúvian Ocarina's
Working on downloading too much Quechua, new art and more new art. I'm working on something that I would really love to share with you... but It'll have to wait until the time is just right.
I'm currently reading two amazingly important and heartbreaking books: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown and The Last of the Incas: The Rise and Fall of an American Empire by Edward Hyams and George Ordish.
I'm currently listening to all the
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind soundtracks.
If you appreciate anime, Hayao Miyazaki or mangas, I highly recommend you checkout Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Kaze no Tani no Naushika