13 Quechua Words You Probably Already Know!


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The Dora the Explorer live action movie is almost here. Dora and the Lost City of Gold, starring our favorite Latinx adventurer, is set to be released on July 31. We recently learned that in the film, Dora speaks some Quechua, so we wanted to celebrate by sharing some words from the widely spoken indigenous language in South America.

Believe it or not, you probably know more Quechua than you think. There are a few Spanish words that we speak that are either direct Quechua words or have been changed a bit from the language, usually in terms of spelling. Even some words in English are Quechua words. Unfortunately, we aren’t taught the origins and the culture(s) behind them. But that’s part of the work we do here at HipLatina —highlight the indigenous, give them the credit they deserve, and share this important part of Latinx culture and identity. We know you are curious to know what indigenous words you already know, so let’s get started!

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