How To Learn Peruvian Spanish: 6 Reasons Peruvian Spanish is Your Best 0ption

Andean lady with a llama ready to teach you some Peruvian Spanish

1. Why is Peruvian Spanish your best option?

Senior Peruvian couple smiling at each other

Spanish in Peru is spoken by more than 80% of the population.

Not only that:

In Peru, Spanish is so well established that you can find up to four different local dialects, depending on the region.

Here’s the deal:

Peruvians use the one spoken in their capital, Lima, as their standard dialect: limeño, known in English as Peruvian Coastal Spanish and is said to be one of the easiest to among Latin American countries.

2. Peru: Language and Culture Experience

Macchu Picchu site with a llama looking down on it from a cliff.

If you’re learning Spanish then perhaps your goal is to visit Peru, one of the most fascinating countries in Latin America.

Think about it:

Home to an amazing cultural heritage, it also has astonishing natural landscapes and world-renowned food.

All this comes together to create a very interesting, strong-rooted culture, one that attracts curious people and visitors from all over the world. 

Simply put:

It’s no wonder for you to be interested in Peruvian culture; and, by extension, in Peruvian Spanish (language and culture usually go hand in hand, right?).

Do you wanna hear more about this Spanish dialect?

Don’t worry, just keep reading!

3. Peruvian Spanish Pronunciation

two ladies extending their arms to the sky and admiring the landscape.

Many non-native Spanish speakers find that Peruvian Spanish is very easy to understand.

Why?

Peruvians tend to pronounce all the letters in the words, even the final consonants, something that differentiates them from Caribbean Spanish countries, who tend to elide some consonants. That’s a big help!

Not only that:

In Peru, you’ll find that people don’t use different sounds for -c, -s, and -z sounds like in most American countries, they just use the same -s sound.

By the way:

Peruvians also pronounce LL and Y in the same way, although it’s not established in which way: some pronounce both as an -ll, and some pronounce both as a -y

4. 6 Reasons to Learn Spanish in Peru

Lake Titicaca in Puno, a very famous Peruvian attraction.

1. Peruvian Spanish is perfect for any level

Peru is the perfect country for beginners in Spanish!

Why?

Peruvians barely have an accent and are easy to understand.

Not only that:

Peru is often chosen as the best destination for a Spanish course by low-level Spanish speakers or beginners.

According to a survey by the University of Chile in 2013, Peruvians speak the best Spanish in Latin America. Apart from other measures, the study concentrated on pronunciation and the use of Spanish vocabulary.

In other words:

The best Spanish in Latin America is spoken in Peru! 

(Fun fact: Chile itself was among the worst Spanish-speaking countries in the study.)

2. Nature and Adventure

Peru offers everything! While learning the Spanish language, you have the opportunity to explore Peru´s great variety of nature and culture.

Here’s the deal:

Peru is considered a Hot Spot for biodiversity in South America where you can make trips into nature, a pure adventure!

Enjoy the Peruvian “trinity” of the Coast, High mountains, and Jungle, while getting to know Peru´s unique Cultural Heritages, festivals, and people.

In fact:

You do not want to miss out on travel to the Inca Town of Machu Picchu and many other sites.

3. Volunteer and practice the Spanish Language

Peru is an inspiring country. Many students and English speakers tourists who visit the country decide to use their travel time not only for themselves but also to give something back to society.

How so?

There are loads of options to volunteer in Peru, be it only a few days or a couple of weeks, The experience of volunteering in Peru is very rewarding!

The good news?

You won’t only be getting the fulfilling experience of servicing and helping others but also learning and honing your Spanish skills while at it.

4. Peruvian Cuisine

Did anyone say delicious food?

The Peruvian cuisine combines influences of the Spanish, African, Chinese, and Japanese cultures, making every dish a tasty experience.

Such as:

Peruvian Ceviche: fish marinated, sweet potatoes, lemon juice, and accompanied with toasted corn.

Once you´ve tried popular Peruvian delicacies, you won’t be able to stop; another reason why is Peru the perfect place to learn Spanish.

5. Learning Spanish in Peru is affordable

Are you on a tight budget but you still want to invest in learning Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country?

Then you should come to Peru!

Why?

In a more developed country such as Spain, the cost of groceries, rent, restaurants, and traveling will be high.

In Peru, you might pay only a third of what you are used to for a Spanish class or a course because the Dollar and Euro have a lot more purchasing power in Latin America.

Not only that:

Traveling in Peru and between Latin American countries is very cheap in comparison to Europe.

6. It’s impossible to get bored in Peru

Whether you would like a pure nature experience, are interested in history and museums, or want to enjoy the festivals and nightlife of Peru´s cities, there is something for everyone´s tastes!

Case in Point:

In Peru, you will not only learn and speak Spanish in a perfect environment but will also experience ancient histories, modern life, a colorful culture, and a landscape like no other.

5. Quick Guide to Peruvian Slang

the Peruvian map imprinted on a coffee mug

As well as having one of the most delicious cuisines in the world, Peruvians also have tasty slang.

Of course, like in any country, it varies from region to region, but there are some words and phrases that you can find almost anywhere in Peru. 

Here are a few examples:

Pata

In standard Spanish, a “pata” is a paw or an animal leg.

Peruvians use it like that too, but their slang adds another meaning: “friend” or “acquaintance”.

Ricardo es mi pata means “Ricardo is my friend”.

Estoy Aguja

What do you say if you don’t have any dinero? Well, you say Estoy aguja, that is, “I’m broke”. 

Piña

In general, a piña is a pineapple. But that’s not all: Peruvians also use it to mean “bad luck”.

¡Qué piña! is a way of saying Bad luck!

In Peru, you can also say that someone está piña, meaning that person has very bad luck, or even attracts it, something very close to the English “jinx”. 

Asu Mare

Asu mare is the quintessential Peruvian expression. It comes from the phrase A su madre, and it’s used to indicate surprise or astonishment.

This expression is very popular and, unlike most mentions of someone’s mother, it’s not considered insulting.

Luca

Like with work, most slang has a word for money. In Peru, this word is Luca: in the linguistic exchange house, one Luca is worth the same as one sol, Peru’s official currency.

A quick side note. Although a lot of Latin American countries use this word to refer to money, the value changes, like currency, from country to country: in Argentina, for example, a Luca is equivalent to one thousand pesos. 

6. Final thoughts on how to learn Peruvian Spanish

So now you know, why is Peru the best place to learn Spanish!

Spanish is a very complex language and has a lot of nuances and intricacies but knowing all the reasons mentioned above will make it feel so much easier and fun when learning it.

So what are you waiting for?

7. Are you looking to get started with Peruvian Spanish?

La Huacachina in the Peruvian dessert, a very touristy spot in the city of Ica

If you’re planning on learning Spanish, I have some good news: You can get a hold of me on my website at www.byondlanguage.com to learn about my special language learning method that emphasizes good habits and lifestyle over grammar.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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