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Galician is an official language of the autonomous community of Galicia, where 56% of the population speak it as their first language. Galician is used as a primary language by the older generation more than by the younger. Its vocabulary predominantly comes from Latin, with a few Germanic and Celtic influences. Galician is most similar to Portuguese, with which it has a high degree of mutual intelligibility- there is actually still some linguistic debate as to whether it is a separate language or a dialect of Portuguese.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Spain

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Fun facts about Galician

If you meet a Galician abroad, you may hear them complain of morriña, a sense of homesickness and nostalgia for their native land.

Galician shares a lot of similarities with Portuguese- they are about 85% mutually intelligible.

Galician was banned under Franco's reign and all official communication had to take place in Spanish. In 1983, the language made it back into schools in the region.

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