Official languages in Peru are Spanish, which is called “Castellano“ in South America. Castellano is sometimes a bit different from Spanish because there are certain developments in each of those languages if it comes to the pronouncation and grammar. Quechua is spoken by most of the indiginous people of the country, also called Quechua who mostly live in the Andean Mountains. The Aymara language can be found in the Southern part of Peru close to the Titicaca Lake; it is different from Quechua also it has here and there influenced the Aymara language.
English is spoken in some touristic parts, in good hotels and at the airport.
You do not need to speak Castellano if you book a tour with us. In groups of 5 persons or more an English speaking tour guide will accompany you, in smaller groups less than 5 persons we will take care that local guides greet you at each destiny. Anyway, it is recommendable to learn some Spanish word before travelling, just for a little conversation with some local people. You will see how they appreciate the smallest effort talking to them in Spanish. Give it a try and don't be shy!
|Good Morning:||...buenos días|
|Good Night:||... buenas noches|
|Good Bye:||... adiós|
|Excuse me!:||... perdón!|
|Thank you very much!:||... Muchas gracias!|
|do you speak English?:||... hablas inglés?|
|I don't understand||... no entiendo|
|How much is it?:||... ¿Cuanto vale?|
|one, two, three:.||.. uno, dos, tres|
|Where is...?:||... ¿Dónde está...?|
|... a restaurant?||... un restaurante|
|... the bathroom:||... el baño|
|... a doctor:||.... un médico|
|When? :||.... ¿Cuándo?|
|I would like to pay:||.... Quiero pagar|
|The menu please!:||El menú, por favor!|
|I would like a coffee, please:||Un café, por favor|
|I would like the menu::|| me gustaría pedir el menú
|Check please!:||La cuenta, por favor!|