In South American countries like Bolivia, Peru (and part of Chile and Argentina too), Aymara and Quechua are also recognised as official languages, like Spanish. Not wanting to fall short of his language challenge, Lewis the Lion talked to many local people who taught him the “magic words” in these Andean languages too.
Here are some photos of him learning Aymara on la Isla del Sol, Bolivia:
Here is a sign on the Floating Islands in Peru with one of the magic words too!
They magic words in Aymara are:
Kamisaraki – Hello (It really means “Hello. How are you?”)
(To which you usually reply “Wallaki” – “I’m fine, thanks!”)
Chup-Amshy – Please
Ja-llalla – Thank you
Jorge’s top tip for learning Aymara is that some of the words sound a bit like Japanese!
Lewis the Lion also liked listening to the sound of Aymara as it had a strange series of clicks in the language.
Lewis the Lion particularly enjoyed learning Quechua when he stayed on the Peruvian Island of Amantani, where the family he was staying with taught him the following magic words:
Allillancho casanve – Hello (which to Lewis sounded like “Ayi-yanshu cashanki”)
Apamuy – Please
Yusparasunqui – Thank you
Lewis found that when practising these new words, it helped him to break them down into syllables first, e.g. the word for “thank you” in Quechua “yusparasunqui”, he learnt it by sounding out the different syllables and sounds:
What would help you remember these new words?
Here are some animal words that Lewis the Lion also learnt in Aymara and Quechua too. Notice that some of the animals are particularly important in South American culture!
English. Aymara. Quechua
Alpaca Allpachu. Allpaqa
Donkey. Ch’tu. Burru
Dog. Anu. Alqo
Pig. Khuchi. Khuchi
Condor. Mallku. Kuntur
Llama. Qawra. Llama
Chicken. Chiwchi. Wallpa
Cow. Waka Waka
If you would like to learn more about the Aymara language, click on the link.
If you would like to learn more about the Quechua language, click on the link.