Survival guide for indigenous languages

Basic words in Quechua and Aymara

Survival guide for indigenous languages

In case you find yourself completely stuck and unable to communicate in Spanish, here are some very basic words and expressions in the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara.


rimaykullayki - hello

rikunakusun - goodbye

Ima hinalla? - How are you?

Imataq sutiyki? - What’s your name?

ñuqap ... sutiymi - My name is____

arí - yes

mana - no

allichu - please

añay - thank you


kamisaraki - hello

jakisiñkama - goodbye

kunjamaskatasa? - How are you?

jisa - yes

jani - no

yuspagara - Thank you

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