Language of the Day for 06 April 2020


Matsigenka [mcb]

A language of
Population Full
21,400 (2019 Ministerio de Cultura). Ethnic population: 21,400 (2019 Ministerio de Cultura).
5 (Developing).
Language Use
Quechua and Spanish [spa] are replacing Matsigenka in some areas where children no longer acquire the language. Not endangered on the Manu River, where teachers from Urubamba River area are interested in implementing a formalized bilingual education program (Crevels 2007). Used by all. Also use Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Caquinte [cot], Nanti [cox], Yine [pib].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. NT: 1976–2018.