I’m learning French at the moment, but I’m already thinking about what my next language will be .
Since I’m half Peruvian, I thought it would be great to learn a bit of Quechua. I do know some words, because the Spanish we speak in Peru has borrowed them, and I just love the sound of them:
- wawa: little child
- cancha: popcorn
- carpa: tent
- choclo: corn
What I love about learning a language which is completely different from the ones I already speak is understanding the logic behind them. I know for a fact that Quechua has a different understanding of what concepts such as past and future mean. When speaking about the future, Quechua (and Aymara) speakers gesture backward and, in contrast, when talking about past, they gesture forward.
I know @SKrausser learned Quechua while in Ecuador, for example, and I wanted to ask about your experience. Was it hard? Could you rely on any of the other languages you speak to make the learning process easier?
And what about the others? Would you be interested in learning other languages that are completely different than the ones you already speak? I’m interesting in reading your reasons to learn a new language!