Quichua Wazza Words…

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Quichua Wazza Words…

For the next few Quichua word sessions, I’ll be using words submitted by Quichua language learners. The first set is from a friend in Ecuador who is a cancer survivor, and wanted to learn a new language in order to do more volunteer service. She says that she likes the words MASHI, TANTANAKUY, SHIMI AND SUMAK. What do they mean?

MASHI – FRIEND
TANTANAKUY – MEETING
SHIMI – MOUTH, LANGUAGE, WORD
SUMAK – BEAUTIFUL

And, instead of a learning quote, here’s a quote about my hometown, New York City, which made me chuckle:

“[New York] always kills me — dazzles, dizzies — astonishes, confounds, and overpowers poor little me.”

Recent comment by someone who makes occasional visits to the Big Apple? Nope; it’s from about 100 years ago, and it was written by an otherwise formidable figure of history: Harriet Beecher Stowe. The quote is taken from the book “The Great Bridge”, by David McCullough. I’m in New York for a few months, and getting all the books out from the public library that I can read! 🙂


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