Quechua, also spelled as Kechua, Kiwchha, or Quichua, is a language native to South America. Quechua is the most widely spoken native language on the continent, and is spoken by people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile. The language can be categorized into three major regions, for a total of approximately 28 dialects.
Quechua was the official language of the ancient Inca empire. During the height of its use, the language was spoken throughout the Andes from Ecuador to Northern Chile. In modern time, there are approximately 8-10 million speakers of the language. Both Peru and Bolivia define Spanish and Quechua as their official language.