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Quechua The language of the Incas The Inca empire contained different tribes who spoke different languages, but the most widely spoken was Quechua, which became the official language of the Incas. It is still spoken today by over 8 million people. In Peru, about 1/3 of the people speak Quechua.
Quechua The language of the Incas Since the Spanish took over in the Inca territories, the main language of most of this territory is español, but the Spanish language in these areas, especially in Peru has adopted hundreds of Quechua words.
Even some English words actually came from Quechua words. For example, the Incas ate a lot of papas.
That’s the origin of the Spanish word for patata
Another word you may know that comes from Quechua is pampa which meant flat. Now we use pampas in Spanish and English to describe the flatlands in Argentina. Los incas used the word wakcha for a poor person. That is the origin of the Spanish and English word gaucho. Has anyone heard this word?
There are a lot of animal words that come from Quechua. Los incas used this animal to carry heavy loads. Hint: it is written the same in Quechua, español and English, but pronounced differently.