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Quichua Open Educational Resources

Salasaca brother and sister

Photo by Nina Kinti-Moss.


Quichua (also spelled Quechua and Kechwa) is the language of the Inkas, and with 6 to 10 million speakers is the most widely-spoken indigenous language in the Americas. For many years, western historians and anthropologists have predicted the disappearance of the Kechwa language and its cultures. Instead, both are becoming stronger.  The materials below were created by Nina Kinti-Moss, a native speaker from the Salasaca community in the central highlands of Ecuador and lecturer in the Center of Latin American Studies.  They are being provided to the public at no charge under a Creative Commons license in hopes of increasing knowledge and study of Kechwa.

Imanalla: An Introduction to Kechwa

Imanalla is a complete curriculum for an introductory Quichua program produced by Nina Kinti-Moss of the Center of Latin American Studies and Jonathan Perkins of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center.  It provides college/university students with basic reading, writing, speaking and listening activities in the language, as well as exposure to Quechua culture.  It includes a complete audio supplement and leverages the World Wide Web for authentic multimedia and communicative activities.

Download text in pdf format | Download mp3 audio supplement

Kechwa Stories with Audio Supplement

Short passages in Kechwa with accompanying comprehension questions intended for students at the novice level of learning the language.  An audio reading of the story is also provided for work on pronunciation and intonation.

Download text in pdf format | Download audio in mp3 format

Kechwa-English-Spanish Trilingual Dictionary

This dictionary includes parallel entries for Kechwa, English and Spanish, making it useful for native speakers of all three languages.  It reflects the work of Nina Kinti-Moss, her bother Nematni Baltazar Masaquiza and students in beginning and intermediate Kechwa at the University of Kansas.  We hope this dictionary will be useful for translators of academic works, for school teachers, for radio and television producers, and for travelers who want to communicate with the Kechwa speakers throughout the Andes.

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