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The official language of Peru is Spanish, as in many South-American countries. It's worth getting familiar with some basic Spanish words, as you'll need them to make your way around outside the main tourist centres. Although English is spoken by an increasing number of young people in Lima and to limited extend in the most popular tourist spots, you'll find English far less commonly understood than you might expect in a country where tourism is such a big industry.

Like in other Latin American countries, Peruvian Spanish replaces vosotros (and its 2nd-person plural conjugations) with ustedes (3rd-person plural). As an example: ¿Cómo estáis? becomes ¿Cómo están?. Also, South American Spanish likes diminutives (gringuito is more affectionate than gringo).

Especially when you're making your own way around, learning some Quechua or Aymara may open doors, as indigenous people will highly appreciate your effort. Quecha is the language of the Incas and the first language for many indigenous in the countryside of the Sierra. Aymara was the language of

the Tihuanacu culture. Though not recognized as an official language, it's widely spoken on the Altiplatano. In both cases however, people will generally speak English too.


source: Wikivoyage

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