Ayacucho Quechua (Chanka runasimi)

Ayacucho Quechua is a Southern Quechua language spoken in southern Peru by about 900,000 people, particulary in the regions of Ayacucho and Huancavelica, and also in the Apurimac, Arequipa, Cusco, Ica, Junin and Lima regions.

Alternative names for Ayacucho Quechua are Quechua Chanca, Chanca and Chanka. Native names are Chanka runasimi and Runasimi. Dialects include Andahuaylas and Huancavelica. It is closely related to Cusco Quechua.

Ayacucho Quechua is written with the Latin alphabet, although few speakers are literate in their language. It is used and taught in some schools and universities, and used in literature and on the radio.

Ayacucho Quechua alphabet and pronunciation

Ayacucho Quechua alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Lliw runakunam nacesqanchikmantapacha libre kanchik, lliw derechonchikpipas iguallataqmi kanchik. Yuyayniyoq kasqanchikraykum hawkalla aylluntin hina kawsayta debenchik llapa runakunawan.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Quechua grammar

Quechuan languages

Ambo-Pasco Quechua, Ancash Quechua, Ayacucho Quechua, Cajamarca Quechua, Classical Quechua, Cuzco Quechua, Huallaga Quechua, Huaylla Wanca Quechua, Kichwa, Santiagueño Quechua, South Bolivian Quechua

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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