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Tuyuca is a difficult-to-learn language of Eastern Brazilian rain forest natives. Given its simple sound system, speaking Tuyuca isn't nearly as challenging as knowing how to phrase oneself. Tuyuca is an Evidential language, which means a spoke declaration has to imply how one came to know the thing purported. For example, to say "the girl went swimming" in one phrasing would imply one saw her doing so, whereas another phrasing would imply that one heard it from someone else. Tuyuca grammar forces the speaker to designate the source of knowledge through various verb-endings.