In addition to our Spanish classes, we offer students the opportunity to learn the indigenous Bolivian languages of Aymara and Quechua.

Aymara and Quechua are pre-Colombian languages that originated in the highland valleys of southern Peru and northern Bolivia. Since then, they have been powerful symbols of indigenous culture and popular movements in both countries and especially in Bolivia.

The two languages have taken on more prominence in recent years as the government of Bolivia has changed the national constitution to be “plurinational” and multi-lingual and has required all government employees to understand one of the two languages.

 

These languages are interesting and unique for adventurous students who want to take the plunge, and learning them offers the chance to delve that much deeper into the history, culture and society of the region. And for Star Wars fans, it has been said that Quechua is the basis for Jabba the Hutt’s language in Return of the Jedi.