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  1. Language in Ecuador. Spanish is the official language in Ecuador. In general, around 93% of the population speaks Spanish. Besides Spanish, the most common languages spoken in Ecuador are Quichua and Shuar. Other less common languages are Achuar-Shiwiar, Cha'palaachi, Colorado, Waorani, and a few others. English is the most spoken foreign ...

    • Principal Language of Ecuador
    • Languages of Ecuador Used For Intercultural Relations
    • Other Indigenous Languages of Ecuador

    The principal language of Ecuador is Spanish, which is spoken by approximately 93% of the population. This language was first introduced by Spanish colonizers during the 16th century and became the language of government, business, and religion. Today, Spanish spoken in Ecuador has 3 distinct regional variations: Amazonic, Andean, and Equatorial Coastal. The most widely spoken variants are Andean Spanish, spoken in the highlands, and Equatorial Coastal Spanish, spoken from the northern border with Colombia and the southern border with Peru. These regions are the most heavily populated in the country.

    The second most commonly spoken languages in Ecuador are Kichwa and Shuar, which are used for intercultural relations. Kichwa belongs to the Quechuan language family and is spoken by between 1 and 2 million individuals. In Ecuador, the largest concentration of Kichwa speakers can be found in the Chimborazo Highland region. A movement began in the 1940’s to reintroduce this language to the public education curriculum and this attempt was strengthened in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today, this language is part of the national curriculum. Shuar belongs to the Jivaroan language family and is spoken by around 35,000 individuals. Shuar speakers are concentrated in the Morona-Santiago and Pastaza provinces of Ecuador, both of which are located in the southeastern, Amazon region of the country. This language was revitalized by Catholic missionaries in the region via a radio schools project during the 1960’s. This project continued until the government shut it down in 2001 and integrated the Shua...

    Besides the Kichwa and Shuar languages, 11 other indigenous languages are spoken in this country. These include: Záparo, Waorani, Tetete, Siona, Secoya, Emberá, Colorado, Cofán, Cha’palaachi, Awa-Cuaiquer, and Achwa-Shiriwa. Of these languages, the Awa-Cuaiquer is the most widely utilized in Ecuador. It belongs to the Barbaco language family and is the language of the Awa-Kwaiker indigenous peoples. It has approximately 13,000 native speakers, who primarily reside in the northern region of Ecuador and the southern region of Colombia. In this community, the men are typically bilingual, while women and children speak only Awa-Cuaiquer. It is considered a severely endangered language by UNESCO. The least spoken indigenous language in Ecuador is the Záparo language. With only 5 native speakers left in the world, this language is considered nearly extinct. The Záparo language and its indigenous peoples fell victim to the wars and diseases brought by Europeans in the 16th century. Its rem...

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  3. It’s customary to greet everyone at the restaurant when you walk in. This applies to patrons as much as it does to workers. It’s also polite to respond in kind to people as they greet you upon their own entry. This typically amounts to something like a simple “buenas tardes” if you’re coming in for lunch or early dinner.

  4. Eventually, the Quechua language became much simpler, and it is known as the Kichwa language of Ecuador. It is the most spoken Ecuador language of Native American speakers. For today, there are around 450 000 people in Ecuador, who speak it. That is 7% of Ecuador’s population. It became a combination of Quechua, used in Ecuador and Colombia.

  5. In Ecuador, people kiss each other's cheek when introduced, except in a business situation where handshakes are more appropriate. Female friends kiss each other on the cheek; male friends often greet each other with a full embrace. This practice is common in most Latin American countries.

  6. Oct 14, 2011 · In addition to Spanish, there are about 10 native languages spoken in Ecuador. Roman Catholic influences some social behavior in Ecuador; many holiday and festivals are at least partially based on Christian beliefs. Meeting and Greeting. People will greet with a handshake and a smile. Try using the appropriate greeting for the time of day: