I grew up in North America. People spoke many languages there. Now, I study them. I am a linguist. I want to know how languages change. I want to know how they connect us to the people around us.
One day, I had an idea. What if I could discover a new language? I know. It sounds crazy. Yet, it’s possible.
Languages don’t stay the same. Over time, they change. Sometimes a new language is created. It’s not like any other language. I wanted to look for a new language in Peru, in South America.
In an area called Puno, people speak two local languages. They speak Quechua and Aymara.
Learn a little Quechua or Aymara.
Try these useful words and phrases.
How are you?
The city of Puno is near Lake Titicaca. It’s the largest lake in the Andes Mountains.
Living the High Life
I wondered if these two languages might have mixed together. Maybe they made something new. To find out, I packed my notebooks and my audio recorder. I went to Puno.
Puno is high up in the mountains. When I got there, being so high up made me feel sick. I felt dizzy. I had a headache. So, I drank a tea made from coca leaves. Soon, I felt better.
Being high in the sky also means the sunlight is stronger. You can easily get a sunburn. Here, people never go out without their sun hats. I made sure to always wear mine.
Mountains loom over this market.
I am good.