Discovering Quechua with Elva Ambia

Last summer I had the privilege of meeting with Elva Ambia, a native of Peru who immigrated to the US as a teenager to work and help support her family. Although she primarily used Spanish and English in her daily life, she missed being able to connect with others in her native language Quechua. That’s how her organization Quechua Collective was born. Through classes and community events, Elva has been passing on her language and culture to the next generations.…

Mission Acquisition: February Language Goals

It's Aquarius season! Well, technically Aquarius season starts in January but my birthday is this month so that's all that matters. :P Despite how busy I was, I managed to get in a decent amount of studying last month. And I put everything in a super awesome chart because I'm a nerd like that. As you can see I spent most of my time on input (listening, reading) rather than output (writing, speaking). If it weren't for my exchange partner…

Mission Acquisition: January Language Goals

Welcome to 2019! *fanfare* A new year means new opportunities to improve my languages and add a couple new ones along the way. The past 6 months or so have been difficult because of life things, but I’m ready for the fresh start that only January can bring. I don’t want to do too much this first month and wear myself thin though, so my goals for January are going to be simple. Before I get into what I'm doing…