South Bolivian Quechua (Uralan Buliwya runasimi)

South Bolivian Quechua is a Southern Quechuan language spoken mainly in Bolivia, and also in Argentina and Chile. In 2014 there were about 1.6 million speakers of this language in the departments of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Oruro, La Paz, Potosí and Tarija in Bolivia. In 2004 there were about 5,000 speakers of South Bolivian Quechua in Argentina, and there were about 1,000 speakers in Chile in 2012.

South Bolivian Quechua is also known as Central Bolivian Quechua, Cochabamba Quechua, Quechua or Quechua Boliviano. In Argentina the language is known as Colla. It is closely related to Ayacucho Quechua and Cusco Quechua, which are spoken in Peru.

South Bolivian Quechua alphabet and pronunciation

South Bolivian Quechua alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Simi yachaqkunaqa rimanakun, qhichwa simi hukllachu achkachu rimay. SIL International ñisqa tantanakuy ñinmi, 42 rimaymi, nispa. Qhichwa Simi Hamut'ana Kuraq Sunturtaq ñinmi, huklla simi, Qusqu llaqtap rimayninmi huklla allin qhichwa simi, ñispa. Ichataq Chanka rimaqqa manam Wanka rimayta hap'inchu, Wankataq manam Chanka rimaytachu. Chayraykum ñinku, manam hukllachu rimay, ichataq achka qhichwa rimay ñisqa rimaykunap ayllunmi, ñispa.


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Information about South Bolivian Quechua

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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