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Languages in Peru

Castellano, more commonly Spanish, or español, is spoken by approximately 84% of the population and is the official language of Perú.

There are 350 million Spanish speakers worldwide and it is the official language of 21 countries on 4 continents. Each country or region has its own distinct dialect and native speakers worldwide are usually able to tell where a person comes from accordingly. If interested in learning some “Peruvian Spanish” prior to your arrival, you can do so via online classes taught by Native Peruvian language instructors.

WebSpanish offers private classes taught via Skype, which planned according to your schedule, is an extremely convenient and yet quite economical way to learn from local language experts before you even get on the plane.

Perú is a multilingual nation where in addition to Spanish, actively spoken languages of the indigenousness peoples are recognized in the country’s constitution. These native tongues are in fact considered the official language of those areas in which they are most prominently spoken.

Quechua, the “second” language of Perú, and most common of the active native languages, is still spoken by approximately 13% of the population. With even a Google browser available in the “language of the Incas,” Quechua is most common in the Sierra, where you may hear it spoken when traveling to Andean regions such as Huancayo, Cusco, and Huaraz.

Aymara is the third most popular language in Perú but is spoken by less than 2% of the population, primarily the Uros tribe in the deep south of the country, around Lake Titicaca and the Bolivia border.

Of the remaining country’s still practiced native languages, the Amazon region of Perú hosts the greatest number of them with at least 13 different ethnolinguistic groups, all of which together, however, are spoken by less than 1% of the population.

You will also hear English in Perú, which now taught as a second language in most schools, is spoken to one degree or another by a great many young Peruvians and of course those working in tourism.