In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Bolivia

The biggest languages present in Bolivia include:

  • Spanish – 9.81 million speakers
  • Quechua – 3.27 million speakers
  • Aymara – 2.10 million speakers
  • Guarani – 117 thousand speakers

The following languages are legally recognized as the “official languages” of the country:

  • Spanish
  • Aymara
  • Araona
  • Baure
  • Bésiro
  • Canichana
  • Cavineño
  • Cayubaba
  • Chácobo
  • Chimán
  • Ese Ejja
  • Guaraní
  • Guarasu’we
  • Guarayu
  • Itonama
  • Leco
  • Machajuyai-Kallawaya
  • Machineri
  • Maropa
  • Mojeño-Ignaciano
  • Mojeño-Trinitario
  • Moré
  • Mosetén
  • Movima
  • Pacawara
  • Puquina
  • Quechua
  • Sirionó
  • Tacana
  • Tapieté
  • Toromona
  • Uru-Chipaya
  • Weenhayek
  • Yaminawa
  • Yuki
  • Yuracaré
  • Zamuco

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


Spanish is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Slovene, Flemish, English, Latvian, as well as a number of other languages. It is one of the official languages of Bolivia, alongside 37 other.

Spanish language summary
Number of speakers worldwide558 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingSpanish alphabet
Major Spanish-speaking populations in:20 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 558 million people in more than 20 countries speak Spanish as either the first or a second language. Examples of countries, where Spanish has a major presence, include:

  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia

More than 9.81 million residents of Bolivia understand Spanish.


Spanish employs the Spanish script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Latin script. It is written in the left-to-right fashion.

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