Tupiza, Potosí, one of the regions most affected by the hail storm. (Photo by Pattrön via Flickr)

Quechua Translation: Torrential Rain Kills 25 in Bolivia

April 17, 2019 By Jacquelyn Kovarik

RUNASIMIPI: Quechua, an Andean language, is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in the Americas, with thousands of speakers. Quechua is not actually called “Quechua” by speakers of the language. They call it “Runasimi” — which means “idoma de la gente” or “language of the people.”

The news below was translated from Spanish and English into Quechua by Jacquelyn Kovarik. She translated it for the capstone for her independent study project with Dr. Odi Gonzales, the director of the NYU Quechua Language Studies program while completing her dual Masters in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Visit our Quechua page to see more translations and stories related to the Quechua language.

The news originally came out Feb. 27, 2019.


Hatun chikchi victímakunamanta Boliviapi

Qayna semana, 27 febrero killapi, iskay chunka pisqayuq runakuna wañusqaku hatun para ukhupi. Pisqa waranqa iskay pachaq runakuna mana wasiyuq kapunku, chay tormenta ñisqarayku. Chay tormenta tukuqtin, Boliviaq gorbiernon niran, “Estado de emergenciapi kashanchis,” nispa. Hatun chikchi —qollopas kanman hinas— ashka runakunata k’iriran, ashka salqa uywakunatataq wañuchiran Chuquisaca, La Paz, Potosí suyukunapi. Chayraykun, Boliviaq gobiernon niran, “ñuqayku qosaqku qanchis millón dolárta, lluyta allichanaykupaq,” nispa.



Torrential rain kills 25 in Bolivia

The Bolivian government declared a state of emergency after torrential rains killed at least 25 people and left 5,200 people homeless. Hail nearly the size of golf balls injured civilians and killed animals in the affected regions of Chuquisaca, La Paz and Potosí. The government intends to commit over $7 million to disaster relief.



Sobre las víctimas causadas por la tormenta de granizo en Bolivia

El 27 de febrero pasado, el gobierno boliviano declaró en estado de emergencia las zonas donde las lluvias torrenciales mataron por lo menos 25 personas, y dejaron 5.200 personas sin casa. Granizos de casi el tamaño de pelotas de golf hirieron a los pobladores y mataron animales en las regiones afectadas de Chuquisaca, La Paz y Potosí. El gobierno tiene la intención de asignar más de $7 millón USD para aliviar los desastres.  

About Jacquelyn Kovarik

Jacquelyn is currently a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow at New York University, where she is studying Quechua and pursuing a masters degree in Latin American Studies and Journalism. Her research focuses on contemporary social change in Bolivia and Peru, with an emphasis on transitional justice and initiatives for well-being and resilience in Andean communities. In 2016 she filmed and produced a documentary about families fighting for reconciliation in a post-dictatorship Bolivian society.