My First Attempt to Speak Quechua

quechua lessons

First of all, I admit that I am glad of being a spanish-speaking person because I did not have to memorize the dozen patterns of verb tenses. On the contrary, it is still a real challenge for me to remember how to conjugate french verbs. Certainly, you would need a lot of patience if you really want to study spanish or french.

On the other side, learning english is much easier, at least in regards to verbs, because most of them are regular. In addition, this language uses auxiliaries not only for the negative sentences but also for the affirmative ones like in the future tense.


The Quechua Case:

Talking about verbs, and I repeat…talking about verbs, the Quechua language or runasimi would be one of the easiest languages to learn because all its verbs are regular at any given tense. I will show you this with the present tense right now.

But first, let me introduce you the Quechua personal pronouns:

Singular:
Noqa            = I
Qan               = you
Pay                = he, she or it

Plural:
Noqanchis = we *
Noqayku     = we *
Qankuna      = you
Paykuna       = they

* In Quechua there are two ways to mean “we”. The first one is Noqanchis which includes the speaker, and the second one is Noqayku. In this last case, the speaker is not included. Subtleties of any language, indeed!


Let us Play with a Quechua Verb
:
So now we are ready to begin playing with Quechua verbs. Let us choose the verb…play. In Quechua is pujllay.
By the way, the infinitive in Quechua is conveyed by the letter “y” at the end of the word.

Taking away the “y”, we get the root and the conjugation for the present tense is like this:

Noqa pujllani
Qan pujllanki
Pay pujllan
Noqanchis pujllanchis
Noqayku pujllayku
Qankuna pujllankichis
Paykuna pujllanku

Thus, you only need to add the bold letters or suffixes to the root and that´s it!

Tupananchiskama wayqekuna!

Related Posts:

Quechua day

Some greetings in Quechua

My first Quechua lesson

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